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Twenty-one of the 25 residents at the Yvette Williams Retirement Village special care unit have tested positive over the past week.
Ryman Healthcare corporate affairs manager David King said staff had been stood down as a precaution, but the SDHB had helped cover two caregiver shifts.
Visiting was restricted to compassionate grounds only.
Residents were only experiencing mild symptoms, he said.
‘‘We’re hoping we are through the worst, but there is a lot of Covid in the community as well as flu.’’
Staff were taking rapid antigen tests ahead of their shifts daily and working in protective gear.
The Ministry of Health reported 3613 active cases of Covid-19 in the Southern district yesterday.
There were 7629 new cases nationally.