Northland DHB has this evening informed the Ministry of two new COVID-19 cases.
One of the cases is linked to a known case and was in isolation as a close contact in Whangārei.
The other case is in the Kaitaia area and public health staff are continuing to investigate to establish a possible link to previous cases. This case will be whole genome sequenced on Monday.
These two cases will officially be added to the Ministry’s case numbers tomorrow.
We are reporting these cases tonight to encourage testing in both Kaitaia and Whangarei tomorrow.
Northland DHB is opening its COVID-19 testing clinic at the Old Warehouse Building, 11 Matthews Avenue in Kaitaia. It will be open from 10am till 2pm tomorrow (Sunday).
We are encouraging people to get tested if they have cold or flu symptoms.
Please also keep checking the Ministry’s locations of interest page for any new locations if and when they’re identified.
For a full list of Northland testing clinics, please check the DHB website: https://www.northlanddhb.org.nz/home/covid-19/getting-tested/northland-testing-locations/
For a full list of vaccination clinics, please check the DHB website: https://www.northlanddhb.org.nz/home/covid-19/getting-vaccinated/northland-vaccination-clinics/
Bookings for children 5-11-years are now open via BookMyVaccine. https://bookmyvaccine.covid19.health.nz/
There is a dedicated booth at the DHB Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Whangārei and Dargaville vaccination clinics for children 5-11 years of age. Check with your GP or local pharmacy to see if they provide this service. Māori Health Providers and Iwi Providers are also working on a plan to provide this service in the community.
A parent, caregiver or legal guardian need to accompany their child to their appointment(s) as the responsible adult and be able to provide consent for them to be immunised.
To make a whānau booking, or if you’re unable to book online, you can call the COVID Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26 (8am to 8pm, 7 days a week).