Eight new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand have been confirmed today, bringing the total number of cases to 28.
As with the cases confirmed yesterday, these new cases are all related to overseas travel. That’s an important point as it means, at this point there is no evidence of community transmission in New Zealand.
The Ministry of Health confirmed one case of COVID-19 in Northland. The 23-year-old man arrived in Auckland on 16 March, flight VA0141 from Sydney.
After becoming unwell, the man self-isolated himself at home and made contact with his general practice. The general practice followed the correct contact and testing procedures, ensuring that no-one was at risk of transmission. The man has not had contact with any hospitals, accident and medical or emergency departments in Northland.
After being advised of the positive test result, the man has been in full isolation and is being visited daily by a public health nurse who is monitoring his health and wellbeing. This young man's actions to protect others are greatly appreciated.
We recognise how stressful this will be for our community. With so much information circulating it is important to know where to get the most reliable information.
A new whole of government website(external link) has been established which is an excellent source of up to date information. The website has everything you need to know about COVID-19 in one place. You can learn the simple steps you can take to unite against the virus and slow its spread.
One of the key things to help keep you safe from a public health point of view is to wash your hands with soap, often and properly (for at least 20 seconds). Then dry. This kills the virus by bursting its protective bubble. Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
We also want to acknowledge our DHB staff and all those working in General Practices and the community, whatever their role. It’s incredibly brave and dedicated of them all in such uncertain times.
Every one of them have stepped up and are working together, always looking at creative ways to keep everyone as safe as possible, making changes at pace, and continuing to look after their patients. We are lucky to have such fantastic people working in Northland.
Prevention – how to protect yourself and others