Covid-19: ‘Here we go again’ – positive case confirmed in Ōtorohanga

Mark Taylor/StuffŌtorohanga mayor Max Baxter has urged people to get vaccinated.A new positive Covid-19 case has been found in the Ōtorohanga district. Ōtorohanga mayor Max Baxter told Stuff he had been contacted by the Waikato DHB about a new community case around 10pm on Wednesday. This comes four days after the Ministry of Health advised there were two cases in Ōtorohanga who were close contacts of cases in Te Awamutu. Baxter took to social media on Thursday to notify his community of the King Country town’s third case. “My natural reaction was, oh no, here we go again,” Baxter said READ MORE:* Steady flow of Covid-19 tests in Ōtorohanga as virus creeps south* Mayor confirms two new cases of Covid-19 in Ōtorohanga, says it was ‘inevitable’MARK TAYLOR / STUFF Ōtorohanga was under level 3 restrictions when two Covid cases were confirmed on October 24. However, people were getting tested to make sure were safe, said those behind the testing centre set up after the news. (This video was first published on October 25, 2021.) He was unable to confirm when the case became positive or if the three cases were linked, but urged the public to get tested if they have symptoms. The most recent wastewater test in the week ending October 23 showed no detection of Covid-19. “The person is already in isolation. I haven’t been told officially, but I imagine they are linked to our two previous cases as a result of the new cases. “Lets hope that if they are linked there is no community transmission.”StuffŌtorohanga mayor Max Baxter took to social media to notify his community of the King Country town’s third case. As of October 26, the Ōtorohanga district has the lowest number of people vaccinated in the Waikato region with 75.6 per cent of people having had their first dose and 55.4 per cent second. Neighbouring Ruapehu district is the second lowest with 75.6 per cent first doses and 55.6 per cent second doses. “I am worried about the low vaccination rates in Ōtorohanga,” Baxter said. “It’s proven well and truly that those people that aren’t vaccinated are highly likely to get sicker as a consequence of catching Covid. “I think we want to see change, we want to see a summer ahead of us. Now is the time to get vaccinated.” The new case comes a day after six community cases were identified in Waikato, all in Hamilton. Alert level three restrictions were also eased for parts of Waikato. People are now able to meet for outdoor gatherings between two households with a maximum of 10 people with physical distancing between the two households. Recreational activities have expanded to include golf, hunting, boating, fishing and scuba diving with a maximum of 10 people involved. Face-to-face appointments with a number of health providers have also restarted, and early learning services have been able to open with a maximum of 10 children for each bubble. Waikato’s community cases of Covid-19 reported over the past week: Wednesday, October 20: Four new cases reported, 56 total cases in the region Thursday, October 21: Eight new cases reported, 64 total cases in the region Friday, October 22: Nine new cases reported, 73 total cases in the region Saturday, October 23: Eight new cases reported, 81 total cases in the region Sunday, October 24: Two new cases reported, 83 total cases in the region Monday, October 25: Four new cases reported, 87 total cases in the region Tuesday, October 26: Four new cases reported, 91 total cases in the region Wednesday, October 27: Six new cases reported, 97 total cases in the region

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