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Updated – Reaction to Auckland’s Changing Levels

As you have probably heard Auckland has moved to Alert Level 3 (lockdown) and the rest of New Zealand to Alert Level 2 as of 6am today, for a period of seven days. NZ needed to do this to get on top of the cases they have and break the chain of transmission.

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Reaction to Auckland’s Changing Levels

Earlier this morning Auckland shifted to alert level 3 lockdown for seven days. The rest of New Zealand went into level 2 at the same time and for the same duration. These moves come after the NZ Ministry of Health announcement yesterday afternoon that a new COVID-19 case was detected in the community.

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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.

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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.

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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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Face Mask Protocol and Guidance

Protocol and guidance on the use of face masks, where it is required and what to consider when selecting a face mask, how to wear (put on and take off), store, wash, and make a face mask.

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