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No truth to Covid rumour

Hauora Tairawhiti has moved to dispel a rumour that there was a case of Covid-19 in the Tairawhiti community.

The rumour came to the attention of the DHB on Thursday, and a post was put on the organisation's Facebook page and website that day.

“There are no confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Tairawhiti,” read the post.

“Any new positive cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand are announced by Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. If there was a positive case in Tairawhiti, we would put this information on our Facebook page and website.

“As the Delta outbreak continues, it is only a matter of time before the virus will be in our community, and the best protection for you and your whanau is to get vaccinated,” the post said.

Medical Officer of Health Dr Osman David Mansoor said this morning people should check information before spreading it.

“You can get trusted health advice from your GP, the Public Health Unit, or call Healthline free on 0800 358 5453. Time is running out to protect ourselves, our whanau and community,” Dr Mansoor said. “Each one of us who is vaccinated against Covid-19 will help to limit the spread of the virus when it does come to Tairawhiti.”