| 28 Mar 2020

As announced by the Director-General of Health and Ministry of Health on 28 March, one further person has tested positive for COVID-19 in South Canterbury.

Case information

Case three:
A women in her 20s, is recovering well at home in self isolation, after recent travel to Europe.

Close contacts are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of potential exposure to a confirmed case.

Further details about these cases and an updated summary about cases across the country can be found on the Ministry of Health’s website here: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-current-cases

South Canterbury DHB Chief Executive Nigel Trainor says in time we expect we will see more cases in South Canterbury.

“Isolated cases linked to overseas travel, or close contact with a confirmed case will be followed up by public health teams to help stop the spread.”

Now is the time for increased vigilance with New Zealand now on level 4, which is the maximum COVID-19 alert level.

“I would like to ask the South Canterbury community to take responsibility, and do its best ensure the number of coronavirus infections remains low in South Canterbury. We can do this by staying at home and practice physical distancing by keeping a 2 metre distance if you’re in the community using an essential service.” Nigel says.

Together we can slow the spread - we are all in this together and we have a good chance to minimise the impact on New Zealand.

  • Know the symptoms: Fever, cough, and difficulties with breathing.
  • Keep yourself and your family safe:
    • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with tissues.
    • Wash your hands for 20 seconds. Dry thoroughly
    • Don’t touch your face unless your hands are clean.
  • Practice Physical Distancing –avoid too much close contact with people, two metres is the recommended physical distance to keep.
  • Be kind to others - kindness is an incredibly powerful way to show you are united against COVID-19. You can make a huge difference by:
    • Checking in on older relatives or vulnerable people over the phone, to make sure they have everything they need.
    • Talking to friends, whānau and neighbours over the phone to see how they are and if they need support.
    • Dropping essential supplies, like food or medications, to those at home. You can leave them at the door.
    • These kinds of connections and offers of help will go a long way to getting others through COVID-19.
  • Disinfect your home or workplace, with a cleaner containing ethanol (at least 70%), benzalkoniumchloride
    (at least 0.04%), sodium hypochlorite (0.1-0.5%) or glutardialdehyde (at least 2%).
  • Please stay at home if you feel sick stay home:
    • Call Healthline - 0800 358 5453 or your GP to advise that you may have symptoms and have undertaken any overseas travel in the past 14 days, or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19. Please do not go directly to a pharmacy, GP clinic, or emergency department.
  • Follow the advice from the Ministry of Health – this is useful information that is updated regularly at www.health.govt.nz/covid-19 and the government’s new COVID-19 website: www.covid19.govt.nz.

Media contact:
Karen Berry
Communications Manager
South Canterbury District Health Board
P: 03 687 2395 | M: 021 139 7442