| 08 Jul 2022

92 NEW COVID-19 CASES CONFIRMED IN SOUTH CANTERBURY

Today’s cases

  • Timaru District – 76
  • Waimate District – 10
  • Mackenzie District – 6
  • Unknown – 0.

Active cases

  • Timaru District – 572
  • Waimate District – 110
  • Mackenzie District - 48
  • Unknown – 2
  • Total active cases – 732.

Total cases recovered in 2022

  • 17,523.

Cases in Timaru Hospital

  • 15.

In the past week we are also sadly reporting two deaths in the South Canterbury district. Our thoughts and condolences are with their whānau and friends at this sad time. Out of respect, we will be making no further comment. Click here to view the total deaths for the region.

Te Whatu Ora – South Canterbury encourages everyone in South Canterbury to be vigilant and get tested if they develop any symptoms of COVID-19, or if you are a Household Contact of a positive case.

If you complete a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) it’s important to report your positive or negative result on mycovidrecord.health.nz or call 0800 222 478 and press option 3. If you have COVID-19 and your symptoms are getting worse, please seek medical care before you get too sick, whether that is from your general practice or the South Canterbury COVID-19 Coordination Centre on 0800 111 880.

Our message continues to be that our best protection is to be up to date with influenza and COVID-19 vaccinations, along with the other precautions of staying home when sick; getting tested when you have symptoms; wearing masks as directed; washing hands. It helps our health services if everyone does their bit to help us get through winter in good shape.

If you’ve had COVID-19 you should still get any COVID-19 vaccinations you’re eligible for. It’s recommended you wait 3 months after testing positive before getting any COVID-19 vaccination.

Our vaccination teams will be in Waimate at the Rugby Club on Thursday 14th July from 10am to 4pm, or at Talbot Park, Otipua Road, Timaru from Monday 11th July – Wednesday 13th July from 9am - 4.30pm. Come along to one of our school holiday clinics If you or your whānau are due for any of the below immunisations:

  • Free flu jabs for tamariki aged 3-12
  • Free flu jabs for pregnant people
  • Free flu jabs for people aged 65+
  • Free flu jabs for Māori and Pacific peoples aged 55 to 64 years
  • Free MMR Vaccines for people born on/after 1 January 1969 who have only one recorded dose
  • Free COVID-19 vaccines for ages 5+ and 1st and 2nd boosters will be available for eligible people.

Visit the Healthpoint website for a full list of vaccination clinics in South Canterbury.

Please note, the Ministry of Health’s daily reported cases may differ slightly due to different reporting cut off times. Unknown cases are due to the normal place of residence not being identified yet.

WHERE TO GET RAPID ANTIGEN TESTS (RATS)

If you are showing COVID-19 symptoms or are a household contact you can pre-order a RAT online to collect at requestrats.covid19.health.nz or by ringing 0800 222 478 (option 3) from 8am to 8pm. You can have someone collect your order for you at a collection site.

Timaru Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) collection sites:

  • Moyles Pharmacy
  • 6 Dee Street, Timaru
  • Monday – Friday
  • 9am - 5pm
  • Please note, before going to this collection site, you need to place an order via (requestrats.covid19.health.nz) or by ringing 0800 222 478 (option 3).
  • Dee Street Pharmacy
  • 5 Dee Street, Timaru
  • Monday – Friday
  • 9am - 5pm
  • Please note, before going to this collection site, you need to place an order via (requestrats.covid19.health.nz) or by ringing 0800 222 478 (option 3).
  • Highfield Pharmacy
  • 145 Wai-Iti Road, Highfield, Timaru
  • Roberts Pharmacy
  • 45 Heaton Street, Timaru
  • Monday- Friday, 9am - 5pm
  • Saturday 10am - 1pm
  • Please note, before going to this collection site, you need to place an order via (requestrats.covid19.health.nz) or by ringing 0800 222 478 (option 3).
  • Monday- Friday, 9.30am - 5pm
  • Saturday 10am - 2pm
  • Please note, before going to this collection site, you need to place an order via (requestrats.covid19.health.nz) or by ringing 0800 222 478 (option 3).

Waimate Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) collection sites:

  • Waimate Pharmacy 
  • 84 Queen Street, Waimate
  • Monday – Friday
  • 8.30am – 5.30pm
  • Please note, before going to this collection site, you need to place an order via (requestrats.covid19.health.nz) or by ringing 0800 222 478 (option 3).
  • Oak House Medical Centre
  • 161 Queen Street, Waimate,
  • 03 689 7676 (pick up from Gorge Road entrance)
  • Monday – Friday
  • 10am – 12pm and 2pm - 5pm
  • Please note, before going to this collection site, you need to place an order via (requestrats.covid19.health.nz) or by ringing 0800 222 478 (option 3).

Temuka Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) collection sites:

  • Temuka RAT Collection Site
  • Hally Terrace, Temuka
  • (near Domain Avenue)
  • Sunday – Thursday
  • (closed Friday and Saturday)
  • 12.30pm – 4pm.
  • Temuka Pharmacy
  • 81 King Street, Temuka
  • Monday – Friday
  • 1.30pm - 5.30pm
    Please note, before going to this collection site, you need to place an order via requestrats.covid19.health.nz or by ringing 0800 222 478 (option 3).

Geraldine Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) collection site:

  • Geraldine Rugby Club, George Street
  • Sunday - Thursday
  • (closed Friday and Saturday)
  • 9am to 11.30am.

Fairlie Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) collection site:

  • Fairlie HealthCare Depot, 78 Main Street, Fairlie
  • Monday – Friday
  • 9am - 5.30pm
  • Please note, before going to this collection site, you need to place an order via (requestrats.covid19.health.nz) or by ringing 0800 222 478 (option 3).

Twizel Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) collection site:

  • MacKenzie Pharmacy, 6-7 Market Place, Twizel
  • Monday – Friday, 9am - 5pm
  • Every 2nd Saturday from 1st July, 10am - 2pm
  • Please note, before going to this collection site, you need to place an order via (requestrats.covid19.health.nz) or by ringing 0800 222 478 (option 3).

STAY WELL THIS WINTER

Te Whatu Ora – South Canterbury is encouraging our community to look after their health to help reduce the pressure on the health system by following these steps to stay well this winter:

  • Stay at home if you are unwell or have symptoms of COVID-19 and get a COVID-19 test. If your symptoms worsen or you are concerned about the health of someone you care for, call Healthline on 0800 358 5453, or your doctor
  • Call 111 if you have an emergency. If your situation is less urgent consider calling Health on 0800 611 116 or your doctor
  • Wear a face mask when on public transport, in indoor settings like retail stores and supermarkets, when in poorly ventilated spaces, or when it is hard to physically distance from other people
  • Maintain good hand hygiene by washing and drying your hands thoroughly or using alcohol-based hand sanitiser
  • Sneeze or cough into your elbow or a tissue. Avoid touching your face, dispose of tissues in a waste bin immediately and wash or sanitise your hands. This will prevent the risk of spreading COVID-19 and other viruses such as the common cold or flu
  • Get your Winter Wellness Kit together: this might include painkillers, a thermometer, tissues, cold and flu medications, enough food and household items for a few days, and a good stock of the regular medicines you or your whānau will need.
  • Eat well and stay active. Nutrition and physical activity play an important part in our overall health and wellbeing, including our bodies’ ability to fight off illness. Getting a good night’s sleep also helps
  • Make sure you and your whānau are up to date with all available vaccinations against infectious diseases like influenza; measles, mumps and rubella; chicken pox; whooping cough (pertussis); pneumococcal diseases and COVID-19.

ENDS

Media contact:
Karen Berry, Communications Manager
Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand
South Canterbury
021 139 7442
kberry@scdhb.health.nz