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Cases of COVID-19 in the Bay of Plenty

27 January 2022

There are three new cases to report in the Bay of Plenty to report today.

Bay of Plenty

We are reporting three new COVID-19 cases in the Bay of Plenty today. 

One of these cases is part of a Tauranga household with two other cases, reported earlier this week. Whole genome sequencing has now linked these two earlier cases to the January Omicron cluster, and the new case is being treated as Omicron. 

The remaining two cases from today are in the Eastern Bay of Plenty and are being investigated for links to previously reported cases. 

In addition, we are announcing three more cases which have tested positive for COVID-19. They’re linked to an exposure event at the early childhood centre BestStart Pyes Pa on 19 January. All three are being treated as Omicron. 

These three cases will be included officially in tomorrow’s numbers. 

Toi Te Ora Public Health is expecting further exposure events arising from these cases and locations of interest will be published on the Ministry of Health website when they are identified. 

Details of testing centres in in Tauranga can be found here. 

 

Omicron update 

Public health teams are continuing to manage Omicron cases in the community through rapidly isolating cases and contacts, contact tracing, and testing to slow the spread. 

To date, there are 90 community cases of COVID-19 that are either confirmed as Omicron variant or have been linked to previously reported Omicron case, an increase of 34. 

The number of cases and contacts are expected to grow given the highly transmissible nature of Omicron and as we learn more from case interviews. 

We also continue to urge anyone with symptoms, or anyone who has been to a location of interest at the times notified, to take health advice, isolate immediately and get tested promptly. 

Being prepared also means remembering the basics - wash your hands, stay at home if you’re unwell, wear a mask when you can’t physically distance and get vaccinated, including a booster. 

 

Soundsplash music festival 

Yesterday afternoon five people in Auckland tested positive for COVID-19 after having attended Soundsplash music festival in Hamilton over the weekend. 

Anyone who attended the festival is asked to self-monitor for symptoms for ten days following exposure at the event, which is until Wednesday, February 2. 

If any cold or flu symptoms develop which could be COVID-19, please get a test and isolate at home until a negative result is returned.   

So far, 68 people who attended the festival have been identified as close contacts, and this number is expected to increase. Contact tracing staff are contacting these individuals, who are required to follow all public health advice regarding isolation and testing. 

Whole Genome Sequencing has confirmed that one of the cases who attended the festival has the Omicron variant. Whole genome sequencing is underway for the remaining four cases. 

 

Boosters 

There were 50,946 boosters administered yesterday, bringing the total to 1,163,046. This is 63% of all those that have become due. 

Boosters lower your chances of getting very sick and being hospitalised from COVID-19 including the Omicron variant and help to slow the spread of the virus. If you’re 18 or older and it’s been 4 months since your second vaccine dose, get your booster as soon as you can. Book your booster or find a walk-in vaccination centre at BookMyVaccine.nz