COVID-19: Person tests positive for COVID-19 in Manawatū, first new case since November

Woman swabs person' at drive-through testing centre in Auckland
A person has tested positive for COVID-19 in the Manawatū region. Photo credit: RNZ

A person has tested positive for COVID-19 in Manawatū-Whanganui, the region's first case since November.

In a statement shared to its social media on Thursday morning, MidCentral District Health Board (DHB) confirmed the case had been identified in Manawatū.

Public health investigations are now underway and more information, including details regarding any potential exposure events, will be released as soon as possible, the DHB said.

Anyone in our community presenting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 is encouraged to get tested.

Testing is available at the drive-through community testing site at 575 Main Street in Palmerston North from 8:30am to 4pm on Thursday. Tests may also be available at select general practices for people with symptoms of the virus.

For more information about where to get tested in MidCentral, visit HealthPoint or call the COVID-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

There are currently no locations of interest listed for the Manawatū region.

Palmerston North Mayor Grant Smith told the New Zealand Herald on Thursday morning he had not yet been informed of the case, but was not surprised the virus had seeped into the region.

It is the first case in Manawatū since a person from Ashhurst tested positive in November.