‘On call’ over holiday period

It will be "all hands on deck" if Covid-19 emerges in the Queenstown Lakes district over the New Year holiday period, the Southern District Health Board and WellSouth have promised.

Both services were in "on call" mode yesterday.

Several DJs have cancelled plans to perform at the three-day Rhythm & Alps music festival in the Cardrona Valley, after it was confirmed DJ Dimension has the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

"Should Covid-19 emerge in the community here, rest assured we would be all hands on deck to provide you with further information," a Southern District Health Board communications spokeswoman said yesterday.

Wanaka has two Covid-19 testing centres and Queenstown has four.

People who think they might have the flu can also ring 0800VIRUS19 for testing information.

A Well South communications spokeswoman said yesterday the call centre number had been promoted heavily before the holidays.

"Rhythm & Alps organisers have promoted this service to attendees, including with posters and on their social media," she said.

"Please encourage readers to get tested if they feel unwell [and] call 0800VIRUS19 to access testing."

Covid testing locations

Wanaka: Wanaka Lakes Health Centre, Cardrona Valley Rd. Appointments to be made by phone.

Queenstown: Queenstown Medical Centre; Wakatipu Medical Centre, McBride St, Frankton; Otakau Health Swabbing Centre, Pin Oak Ave; Engage Safety Covid-19 Testing Centre, Glenda Dr, Frankton.

Opening hours and access requirements may differ.



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