Kaikohe shoppers warned to check for COVID-19 symptoms

By Te Ao - Māori News

Northland DHB has advised that the public to keep a close eye on their health following confirmation of a supermarket worker in Kaikohe who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Currently, there are 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Northland, and one probable case.

There are currently NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Northland hospitals, 10 are self-isolating at home and 4 have recovered.

Northland Public Health Officials are advising anyone who shopped at New World Kaikohe between 20 and 30 March to keep a close eye on their health. 

Northland DHB Medical Officer of Health Dr Catherine Jackson says this is a good reminder to stay at home if you are not well. 

“While I acknowledge our community will feel concerned, you only need to be tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19.” 

Supermarkets are essential services during Alert Level 4 of the COVID-19 response. 

Northland DHB confirmed that the management and team at New World in Kaikohe have taken all the necessary precautions to provide a safe environment for their customers.

They have also confirmed seven Community Based Testing Centres throughout Northland including Kaitāia, and say these centres have been in place for over two weeks.

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*If you need medical advice, call the COVID-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453.