| 30 Mar 2020

Two new South Canterbury DHB COVID-19 cases were announced on the 30 March. The total number of South Canterbury cases is now seven.

Case information

Case six:
A female in her 40s, who is a close contact of a confirmed case is recovering well at home in self isolation.

Case seven:
A female in her 60s, is recovering well at home in self isolation after recent travel to United States of America.

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.”

General reminder about prevention, symptoms and testingAnyone who has developed symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, such as cough, fever or difficult breathing, should contact Healthline 0800 358 5453, or your family GP as they may need testing. Please do not go directly to a pharmacy, GP clinic, or emergency department.

Again, we call upon the community to provide support to and respect the privacy of the affected people, and we thank everyone for cooperating with requests to self-isolate and stay at home.

South Canterbury DHB continues to remind the public that the best way they can help with the COVID-19 response is to:

  • Keep two metres physical distance from others
  • Stay home to avoid exposure to illness
  • Practice good personal hygiene and cleaning practices
  • 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.

Nigel Trainor, Chief Executive

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