Although we’ve been warned that a community case was a matter of when not if, it’s still demoralising that we are experiencing an outbreak. It definitely hits closer to home knowing that one of the cases visited our Coromandel region.
A list of locations of interest, including those in our region, is available on the Ministry of Health's website <[link removed]>. If you have been to any of these places or have cold, flu, or COVID-19 symptoms, call Healthline 0800 358 5453, your doctor or Iwi health provider. They will tell you if you should get a COVID-19 test.
Thank you to everyone who has had a COVID test in the past couple of days. Testing facilities are available at many of our medical centres and at the TCDC car park, 355 Kapanga Road, Coromandel.
I’ve been getting a lot of queries about who is included in the Coromandel boundary. We’ve contacted the PM’s office for clarification. At this stage the boundary hasn’t been set, because the whole country is in Level 4 lockdown. We should have a clearer picture as more information comes to hand, but we should prepare ourselves for the possibility that the lockdown and the areas affected by restrictions could be extended. I expect we will have an update on this tomorrow.
This lockdown is tough on everyone. Businesses struggle, children miss school, and our elderly are isolated from their loved ones. Unfortunately, we have no other alternative. We need to support these measures to prevent further community spread.
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It’s natural to be concerned, but now is a time to stay calm. Follow the rules and advice given by the Ministry of Health. Get tested if you have any suspected symptoms. Wear masks, wash hands, stay in your bubble and if you have to leave home for essentials, practice social distancing and scan QR codes. And if you haven’t been vaccinated, I strongly encourage you to do so. Even though we are in lockdown, the rollout is continuing and I am getting my first jab this week.
Finally, thank you to all our essential workers who are once again tasked with keeping us safe and providing the services we need during lockdown. Your efforts don’t go unnoticed and are certainly appreciated. In these uncertain times it’s your willingness to keep going that gives us hope and a measure of normality.
We’ve been here before. We know what to do. We will get through this.