Sadly, New Zealand had its first death linked to COVID-19 on the West Coast early this morning.
The death was in a woman in her seventies who had initially been admitted with what was thought to be influenza complicated by a underlying chronic health condition. As we have seen around the world, COVID-19 can be a deadly disease – particularly for elderly people, and those with underlying pre-existing health issues. All of our thoughts are with the woman’s family and loved ones at this time.
There are six confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Northland. One patient remains in hospital and may be discharged tomorrow. The other five cases are self-isolated at home.
Anyone who has been tested is expected to be in strict self-isolation until advised of the result of their test – that means effectively quarantining themselves from other members of their family. We are still seeing a strong link to overseas travel, as well as links to confirmed cases.
The combined total of confirmed and probable cases in New Zealand is 514. So again, a reminder that we are seeking physical separation not social separation, so be supportive, reach out to people and most importantly be kind.