Two Covid cases in Northland: Mum, unvaccinated daughter came from Auckland

Author
Northern Advocate,
Publish Date
Fri, 22 Oct 2021, 3:10PM
Parua Bay Tavern. (Photo / NZ Herald)
Parua Bay Tavern. (Photo / NZ Herald)

Two Covid cases in Northland: Mum, unvaccinated daughter came from Auckland

Author
Northern Advocate,
Publish Date
Fri, 22 Oct 2021, 3:10PM

Two positive Covid cases isolating near Kaikohe and a third potential case in Whangārei Heads have health officials urging Northlanders to get tested.

The two cases are contacts of a recently diagnosed case in Auckland. They are not linked to the Covid-positive women who travelled to the region at the start of the month.

The Advocate understands that the cases are a woman and her daughter who live in the Kaikohe area.

It's understood the woman had her first Covid vaccination, but her daughter had not received any.

A statement by the Ministry of Health said the individuals recently travelled to the Kaikohe area from Auckland.

"This was permitted travel under Alert Level 3. The individuals are now isolating."

The individuals were tested on October 20 and were not included in today's case numbers as their test results were received after the Ministry's daily reporting period.

The Ministry reported 129 new community cases in Auckland (120) and Waikato (9).

A case investigation is underway and had so far identified a limited number of close contacts who were currently undergoing tests.

"Interviews are also being undertaken to determine any locations of interest," the Ministry said.

The pair are believed to have visited Opononi and Whangārei with six locations of interest involved.

"People living in the Kaikohe area are asked to monitor the Ministry of Health's locations of interest page which will be regularly updated."

The positive test results came today, Northland District Health Board confirmed.

There is a third suspect case at Parua Bay in Whangārei.

"Locations of interest are currently being determined but whānau between Kaikohe and Kaitaia are being urged to get tested."

Ngāti Hine Health Trust CEO Geoff Milner reiterated the urgency for Māori to get vaccinated.

"We've had the calm before the storm, the door has now opened - and it's here. Ngāti Hine Health Trust will be working hard to play its part, but we need everybody on board to minimise the hits... it's not too late for our whānau to get vaccinated now."

The two new cases follows a Whangārei Heads tavern confirming an employee's family member had tested positive.

A post on the Parua Bay Tavern Facebook page confirmed they had received information about the worker's family member returning a positive result.

It has not been confirmed whether the family member is based in Northland and the Parua Bay Tavern has not been added as a location of interest to the Ministry of Health's (MOH) website.

"As a precaution, the Tavern will be closed while the business follows all MOH guidelines."

The post continued, stating that all staff were isolating and undergoing Covid tests.

"I'm sorry I can't give any more information at this time until we get our results. Thanks for your amazing support."

The scare comes three days after the region took a step closer to normality following a snap lockdown on October 8.

Northland only entered alert level 2 on Tuesday at 11.59pm after everyone was taken by surprise on October 8 when the Government announced the region would enter alert level 3 that same evening.

It came after two female travellers crossed the border from Auckland, allegedly using falsified documents, and toured the region during which one of the women returned a positive Covid test while in Whangārei.

The Advocate has asked the Northland District Health Board and Government officials for more details about today's potential case.