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Close contact of Covid-19 case isolating in Wairoa

One person in Wairoa is isolating after coming into contact with an essential worker who tested positive for Covid-19 after travelling between Napier and Waikato.

The Ministry of Health said the worker was potentially infectious while in the Hawke's Bay community.

A Wairoa-based close contact of the person has since tested negative and is isolating at home.

The person is an employee of roading contractor QRS.

Company chief executive Jeremy Harker has praised the person for their actions to help keep others safe.

“The employee, who was identified as a close contact of a positive case outside of the district, is now self-isolating at home,” he said in a statement.

“At QRS we stand alongside our employee and feel nothing but gratitude for the steps they have taken to keep others safe from infection.

“It was exactly the right thing to do. Not only was the person double vaccinated, they were proactive in seeking information.

“This person has done everything asked of them by the health officials.

“I understand this may cause some anxiety in Wairoa so at this time I cannot stress enough that we need to look out for each other. Those who are tested for the virus should be supported for taking action to check.

“Thank you to everyone who has passed on their compassion and aroha to our colleague during this time.

“A special thank you also to Hawke's Bay District Health Board and Queen Street Practice in Wairoa for their support and guidance.”

The Ministry of Health said one location of interest, Kmart Napier, has been identified and anyone there between 3.53pm – 5.13 pm on Friday, October 15 is asked to monitor their symptoms for 14 days and if any develop, get tested and stay at home until a negative test result is received and they have been symptom-free for 24 hours.

No further locations of interest in Hawke's Bay have been identified but locals are asked to please keep checking the Ministry of Health's website.

There have been no positive detections for Covid-19 in the most recent wastewater samples collected from Hastings (19 and 20 October), Napier (18 and 20 October), and Wairoa (15 and 19 October). Further samples from these sites will be collected next week.