| 14 Apr 2020

One new South Canterbury DHB COVID-19 case was announced on the 14 April. The total number of South Canterbury cases is now twelve, this includes eleven confirmed cases and one probable case.

Case information

Case twelve - confirmed:
A female in her 30s, who is a close contact of a confirmed case is recovering at home in self isolation.

Eleven confirmed and probable cases are either travel-related or close contacts of confirmed cases. One case is remains under investigation.

Seven of the COVID-19 cases have recovered and one person is in a critical condition in the Timaru Hospital COVID ward.

Further details about the South Canterbury COVID-19 cases and an updated summary about cases across the New Zealand can be found on the Ministry of Health’s website here: 

Anyone who is tested for COVID-19 must go into immediate self-isolation while awaiting results and further advice. Depending where the test was performed, the results will be notified by your GP, or the COVID-19 Testing Clinic.

Contact tracing starts for people who test positive as soon as test results are received. Close contacts of the positive case are identified and informed they must self-isolate immediately for 14 days from the date of potential exposure to a confirmed case.

General reminder about prevention, symptoms and testing

Anyone 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.