The Cook Islands has recorded its fourth COVID-19 case. Earlier this afternoon a person traveling to Aitutaki tested positive from the Rapid Antigen Test that all travellers to the Pa Enua are required to take prior to their flight.
A PCR test was then undertaken to confirm the RAT test result and a short time ago, that result also came back positive.
The case has been issued an isolation order requiring them to isolate for at least the next 10 days. Prime Minister Mark Brown will provide an update tomorrow morning once more details are known.
Health ministry Te Marae Ora (TMO) has PCR tested 22 other people today for the Covid-19 virus. This is in addition to the 765 PCR tests conducted over the course of Sunday to Wednesday, February 13-16. All these 22 PCR tests returned negative results.
All 76 of the PCR tests carried out yesterday also returned a negative result.
Test results for those who have had a PCR test will be sent via text by TMO to the cellphone number provided. Test results will generally be available within 24 hours but may take up to 72 hours to be processed.
It may not necessarily take the full 72 hours to get your test results back, but you MUST self-quarantine at your home or accommodation until you are contacted by TMO with your results and given the all-clear.
Remember, only those who test positive for Covid-19 are deemed to be in isolation, while close contacts of positive cases are placed under quarantine. And as already mentioned, those people waiting on the result of a Covid-19 test should also be self-quarantining as well.
TMO would like to thank all those people who have presented themselves for testing this week and we encourage everyone who is either displaying Covid-like symptoms or who has visited a location of interest (see below) and has not been tested yet to get themselves tested as soon as possible.
Testing will continue at the Tupapa Primary Care & Public Health Centre tomorrow from 9am to 3pm.
For those who would like to get vaccinated – whether that be first dose or second dose for those aged 12 and over, or a booster dose for those aged 18 and over – come to the Nikao Social Centre between 8am and 6pm this Saturday, February 19, and be sure to bring your passport or birth certificate with you as well.
We will also be able to offer the paediatric vaccination (first dose) to children aged 5-11 at this time.
TMO will continue to provide daily public updates on our test numbers and results throughout the rest of this week.
The current locations (and dates) of interest are as follows (note that some times may overlap):
Friday February 11
Police Station (11.30am-12.30pm)
ANZ bank (2-3pm)
Party bus from 8.30pm onwards – Hula Bar, Luna Bar, OTR, Rehab
Saturday February 12
Trader Jacks (7-9pm)