Te Anau case of Covid-19 confirmed

The 240-lot Lakes Estate development on the Te Anau delta has seen a large population increase in...
Te Anau has had its first case of Covid-19 confirmed by a local doctor. PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERY
The Te Anau community have been advised of a confirmed Covid-19 case in the town by a local doctor this morning.

Posted into a community social media group, the statement detailed a Te Anau local, who recently attended the World Hereford Conference in Queenstown, was diagnosed with the virus.

"The whole family had already been self isolating for almost a week, since contact with the World Hereford Conference in Queenstown.

"As we enter this unprecedented period of lockdown, the [Fiordland] medical centre continues to operate, with additional staff on the phone lines. Please stay home, check on each other, and be kind and considerate, including any after-hours contact with our on-call doctor."

A follow-up post stated the patient had asked for the information to be shared.

"I would like to clarify that my earlier post was drafted in consultation with the patient, and that the level of identifying information included was at their request. We take patient privacy seriously and would not make posts like this without prior discussion."

The post was shared to the Fiordland Community Board Facebook page with an additional message.

"We were always aware that we weren't going to be immune from Covid-19.

This is even more reason to abide by the Level 4 guidelines that the Prime Minister shared with us again yesterday, it said.

"Keep in touch with your neighbours, phone or Skype your friends and be considerate to all those essential workers who are carrying on with their work so that we can all continue to do the basics of life. And most of all be kind to one another."

While this case was not included in the new cases confirmed yesterday by the Minsitry of Health, it was then announced there were 47 confirmed and 3 probable cases identified which brought the total up to 205.

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