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Update as at 4.00pm 27 August 2021

Kia Orana

Te Marae Ora (TMO) wishes to provide the following update:

The Cook Islands remains COVID-19 free.

Alert Level 2 has been extended to 11.59pm Monday 30 August 2021.

While Air New Zealand flights have been flying into Rarotonga, they have not carried any inwards passengers since Monday 16 August.

Meanwhile over 2900 passengers have left since 16 August.

A Ministerial Order that requires flights, and maritime travel to the Pa Enua to be cargo (and crew) only flights/sailings, with returning flights able to transport passengers and cargo to Rarotonga remains in place.

This same Ministerial Order (which expires at 11.59 on Monday 30 August) requires all indoor or outdoor events and social gatherings, whether in a private or public setting to be restricted to a maximum of 100 people. For larger events (over 100 people) an exemption must be obtained from the Secretary of Health. All events at which 25-100 people will be in attendance must be registered with Te Marae Ora.

Also, all indoor and outdoor events at which 25 persons or more are in attendance, must have contact tracing facilities such as a CookSafe tag in station or a manual register of attendees’ names, times of attendance and contact details. Any manual contact tracing register must be maintained by the event organiser for at least 14 days and produced to Te Marae Ora on request. Te Marae Ora encourages everyone to tag in or fill-in a manual registration form wherever possible.

Testing locations were operating in Rarotonga and Aitutaki today. These testing locations were also administering influenza vaccinations today, and on Rarotonga alone more than 600 residents received their free government funded flu shot today.

Tomorrow, drive-through testing and flu vaccination locations will be operating at Constitution Park and at Tupapa Public Health from 9am and 1pm.

Te Marae Ora would like to remind all passengers who arrived in the Cook Islands between 2-16 August 2021 and have not already done so to get a COVID-19 test. For those who arrived 15-16 August and have already been tested, a second test is required, please.

Please remember, if you get tested, you are required to self-isolate until you get a negative test result. And also, a reminder for those flying to Auckland,  New Zealand’s border order prohibits travel while awaiting the result of a COVID test.

Over the last eleven days and up to 3pm today, 2799 swabs from Rarotonga and Aitutaki have been processed at Rarotonga Hospital, all have returned negative results.

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