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COVID-19 Case Confirmed in Central Hawke's Bay

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A COVID-19 case has been confirmed in Central Hawke’s Bay.

Mayor of Central Hawke’s Bay Alex Walker said that while this has been expected, it is natural for the community to feel anxious with the news of a confirmed case, particularly as Central Hawke’s Bay has not had a case of COVID-19 detected in the community previously.

“We have known that it was only a matter of time until a case of COVID-19 emerged in Central Hawke’s Bay.

“This person did the right thing by going out and getting tested. I would like to thank them for enabling health authorities to take action quickly.

“This will be a very stressful time for this person and I ask everyone to offer their support.

“In our special Central Hawke’s Bay way, now is the time to band together, and take care of one another.”

Central Hawke’s Bay District Council has worked with Te Taiwhenua of Tamatea, Hawke’s Bay District Health Board, Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga ki Waipukurau, health providers and community organisations to ensure Central Hawke’s Bay residents are prepared, should COVID-19 emerge in their household.

Residents are encouraged to ‘Make a Plan’ for isolation at home with their whānau and resources are available to help with this at or

Local guidelines specific to planning in Central Hawke’s Bay can be found at, however these guidelines do not include specific quarantine or home-isolation based medical advice. Please refer to the District Health Board for advice for people who return positive COVID-19 results or close contacts.

Vaccination is the number one protection against COVID-19. Residents of the Central Hawke’s Bay District who haven’t already been vaccinated are urged to do so. Details of where you can go to be vaccinated can be found at 

Anyone needing a COVID-19 test today can contact Takapau Health Centre on 06 855 8376 to book an appointment. Further testing information for the rest of the week will be added soon.

Advice from the Ministry of Health and Hawke’s Bay District Health Board is that anyone who is feeling unwell with COVID-19 symptoms should be tested.

Residents and recent visitors to Central Hawke’s Bay should also keep an eye on potential locations of interest as notified on the Ministry of Health’s website,

There are currently no locations of interest for Central Hawke’s Bay.

14 February 2022

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