Covid-19: case confirmed in Ngāruawāhia ahead of alert level decision

Christel Yardley/StuffA vaccination centre at the Hopuhopu Sports Ground near Ngāruawāhia on Saturday.A case of Covid-19 has been confirmed in Waikato’s Ngāruawāhia ahead of an alert level decision for the region. Ngā Miro Health Centre confirmed Ngāruawāhia had their first positive case of Covid-19 on Sunday. Locations of interest had not yet been released, but there was a testing station at the Panthers Rugby League grounds on Whatawhata Ave.CHRISTEL YARDLEY/STUFFWaikato-Tainui chief executive Donna Flavell is encouraging Māori to get vaccinated before the country gets to 90 per cent so no-one gets left behind (First published on Saturday, October 30). This comes ahead of a Government announcement on Waikato and Auckland’s alert level restrictions at 4pm. READ MORE:* Covid-19: Northland and Waikato areas to spend another five days in level 3* Gang members in Waikato Covid-19 outbreak* Three new community cases of Covid-19 in Waikato The testing station would be open on Monday from 10am to 3pm. This comes after the Ministry of Health announced a Covid-19 wastewater detection in nearby Huntly on Sunday. Covid-19 vaccinations would be available at Tūrangawaewae Marae on River Rd, from 10am am 3pm. No appointment was required.Christel Yardley/StuffThe Hopuhopu Sports Grounds near Ngāruawāhia was a hive of activity on Saturday as hundreds queued to get their first or second shots. Meanwhile, Te Whānau Putahi Community Centre announced on Sunday one of its volunteers tested positive for Covid-19. The faith-based charitable organisation is based in Hamilton, and volunteers had been preparing food parcels. “We are grateful for our volunteers who have helped us work through this pandemic and given their time to serve our community. Unfortunately working in the community comes at a risk,” a social media post said. The team would continue to make food parcels, but would no longer work from the community centre, instead working remotely from home. However, there would be no delivery on Monday. “There may be a little longer of a wait for kai to get to your doorstep, but we will endeavour to do what we have always done and feed as many people as possible.” There were six new cases of Covid-19 in Waikato on Sunday. Two were from Hamilton, one from Ōtorohanga, two from the Te Awamutu and Kihikihi area, and one from Kāwhia. New locations of interest had been added for the Waikato region, including one at the Queen St Dairy in Te Kūiti and a pop-up testing site had been set up at Te Kūiti Hospital. Waitomo mayor John Robertson said there were no community cases of Covid-19 in the town and the location of interest was visited by a person north of the district. Eighty-six percent of people in Waikato had received one dose of the vaccine, as of Sunday, and 71 per cent were fully vaccinated. On Saturday, 3725 vaccine doses were given and 2240 people were tested. Nationally, 88 per cent of eligible people had received one dose of the vaccine, according to Ministry of Health data updated on Saturday at 11.59pm. Seventy-five per cent of New Zealand’s eligible population was fully vaccinated.

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