Two new Covid-19 positive cases confirmed in Waikato

The Ministry of Health has been notified of two new positive Covid-19 community cases in Waikato.

One case is in Raglan and the other is in Hamilton East.

The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield will be fronting a press conference at 1pm to provide more details.

The case in Raglan is self-isolating at this stage and will be moved to a quarantine facility.

The Waikato District Health Board is carrying out further interviews with this person.

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Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield is expected to provide more details on the two Waikato cases today.

The Raglan case was tested on October 1 after the person began feeling unwell. Their infectious period is determined to be from September 27.

This person has three household contacts who are also isolating.

A pop-up testing centre will be operating at the Raglan Rugby Grounds car park on Cross Street from 1pm and anyone in Raglan with symptoms is urged to get tested.

The second case in Hamilton is a known contact of the Raglan case and was tested after becoming unwell.

This person was transferred safely to Waikato Hospital where they are being treated for Covid-19-related symptoms.

Their household contacts are currently self-isolating.

The testing centres at the Founders Theatre car park in Hamilton CBD will have additional capacity added and a pop-up testing station at the Claudelands Event Centre will also be set up.

Anyone in Hamilton who has Covid-19 symptoms is asked to get tested and isolate until test results return.

There are also walk-in vaccinations available in Hamilton at the super-site at Te Awa – The Base, as well as other sites around the city.

Potential links with both cases to the Auckland outbreak are being worked through.

A number of exposure events for both cases are in the process of being worked through by public health staff. Any that are locations of interest will be listed on the Ministry of Health website.

On Sunday Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate urged all residents to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

“We all know what to do and we simply must keep doing it. Wear a mask, keep your distance, scan in. If you’re feeling unwell, please please get tested. Do it for your friends, your family and your neighbours.

“And let’s get our vaccination rates up. Today is a beautiful day in Hamilton to get vaccinated if you haven’t already. Do it for all of us.”

For a list of all testing centres open today, please visit Healthpoint.