Media Release

Operation Namu is Underway

Aimed at halting the current dengue outbreak on Rarotonga, Operation Namu21 continues this week, with health ministry Te Marae Ora leading and coordinating a government-wide, multi-ministry approach to stopping the spread of the mosquito-borne virus

Boil Water Notice

All residents reliant on the public supply of water straight off the mains for drinking and cooking purposes need to remember to continue boiling their water.

Dengue Outbreak Declared

The government is urging the public to help reduce the number of mosquitos in the wake of confirmation of 8 Dengue cases.

World Cancer Day

To commemorate World Cancer Day on Thursday 4 February 2021, Te Marae Ora is encouraging everyone to wear orange.

Supervised Quarantine to end this evening

Passengers who arrived on Friday 29 January entered Supervised Quarantine and were tested for COVID-19 on arrival. All 54 test results came back negative. With no new community cases confirmed in the NZ COVID update this afternoon, passengers currently in Supervised Quarantine will be released from the facility at 6pm today.

Arrangements for flight arriving Friday 29 January

Acting Secretary of Health Bob Williams with the support of Cabinet has confirmed that those passengers departing Auckland tomorrow morning will be entering Supervised Quarantine on arrival in Rarotonga.

Critical Health Infrastructure Upgrades

It has been almost a year since the relocation of Rarotonga Hospital’s Out-Patients and Emergency Department (OPED) services moved to the Tupapa Community Clinic in March 2020.
Since that time, upgrades to the country’s critical health infrastructure have continued at pace, both on Rarotonga and the Pa Enua.

PCR Laboratory Update

Although Te Marae Ora has had the ability to test for COVID-19 in-country since May 2020, the ministry has been working towards setting up a PCR lab for several months now.

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