Coronavirus: Person in Katikati, Bay of Plenty tests positive for COVID-19

A person currently in Katikati has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Ministry of Health says the person got tested while in Auckland on Friday and it returned positive on Saturday while the person is in Katikati. The Bay of Plenty is currently under alert level 2.

The case lives in Pukekohe and is in the process of moving to a rural area north of Katikati, near to Tauranga. For this reason, the person was permitted to cross the boundary in and out of Auckland. 

"As part of this, the individual has been having regular surveillance testing– at least five tests have been taken since the beginning of September, the most recent prior test was 5 October.  All five of those tests were negative," the ministry says.

The ministry says the person's test result "has a high CT value usually seen in the early or late stage of infection and is under further investigation, including a repeat test".

"The person is also a consistent user of the COVID-19 Tracer app which will assist with contact tracing and identifying any locations of interest.

"The individual who returned the positive result is fully vaccinated and has reported no symptoms apart from regular seasonal hayfever and resultant runny nose that hadn’t recently changed.

The ministry says locations of interest will be added to its website when confirmed. 

"Initial information has identified locations of interest in Katikati and Pukekohe, with details to follow.

"All family members have been contacted, tests arranged and are currently isolating.  Results are expected tomorrow.

"The current public health assessment is that the risk appears low given the person’s vaccination status, regular test history, good use of the app and rapid contact, testing and isolation of family members."

There are three testing sites in the area on Sunday: 

  • Katikati Medical Centre, 4 Clive Road, 8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Katikati Rugby and Sports Clubrooms, Fairview Rd, Katikati 8:30am – 4:30pm (hours will be extended if there is high-demand)
  • Tauranga Accident and HealthCare, 19 Second Avenue, 8:00am - 6:00pm
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