Rotorua health authorities issue precautionary alert

By Te Ao - Māori News

Health authorities have issued a precautionary alert after a person who has tested positive for Covid-19 on their arrival in Japan recently visited Rotorua before their departure.

In a media statement, Toi Te Ora Public Health said as a precaution they are alerting the public to the possibility that they may have been exposed to this person at two places on the following dates and times: 

Wairakei Terraces  on Thursday 6 August, 6pm – 7pm.

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland on Friday 7 August, 9am – 10.15am.

“If you were at one of these places at these dates and times there is a small possibility that you may have been exposed. You should monitor yourself for symptoms of Covid-19 and if you develop any symptoms you should immediately self-isolate and arrange to get tested,” says Dr Neil de Wet, Medical Officer of Health.

Dr de Wet says it can take from 1 to 14 days after exposure to Covid-19 to start developing symptoms, so anyone who visited these places at these times should remain vigilant for the symptoms of Covid-19 for two weeks from when they may have been exposed.

The symptoms of Covid-19 may include a cough, a fever, shortness of breath, a sore throat, runny nose and temporary loss of smell.

"If you develop one or more of these symptoms, stay home and call your General Practice or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice and to arrange to get tested," says Dr de Wet.