Queenstown, Arrowtown locations flagged for Covid

Queenstown and Arrowtown were among the Ministry of Health’s new Covid-19 locations of interest at the weekend.

The ministry advised on Saturday that anyone who had been at a location of interest during the specified times needed to monitor themselves for Covid-19 symptoms for 10 days after exposure.

If symptoms developed, people were to get tested and stay home until a negative test result was returned.

Remarkable Sweet Shop, in Arrowtown, was visited last Monday between 1pm and 1.20pm.

Customers at Thai Restaurant Queenstown were advised of a potential exposure on the same day between 9pm and 10pm.

Finally, Queenstown Airport was visited between 4pm and 9pm on Tuesday.

All were considered casual contact events.

Queenstown Airport Corporation acting chief executive Andrew Williamson reiterated ministry advice for those at the airport during the five-hour window of potential exposure last week.

The airport was operating under the Orange setting in the traffic light system and was following ministry guidelines for airport terminals, he said.

Meanwhile, a supermarket, Bargain Chemist, cafe and variety store in Christchurch were flagged as Covid locations of interest at the end of last week.

The Christchurch locations are Esquires Cafe Homebase Shirley on January 9 between 11.30am and 1.30pm; Bargain Chemist Shirley on January 9 between 1.30pm and 2.30pm; Pak'nSave Wainoni on January 12 from 11.30am to 1:30pm; Saveburn on Lancaster St in Waltham on January 10 and 11 between 9am and 5.30pm.

There is a total of 15 active locations of interest in the city. Anyone at these locations during the times listed should self-monitor for Covid-19 symptoms for 10 days after they were exposed. If symptoms develop, get a test and stay at home until you get a negative test result.

Meanwhile, Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult said the district had prepared to meet challenges posed by Covid-19 and it was expected locations of interest would crop up.

‘‘This is exactly what we thought might happen,’’ Mr Boult said.

There had been communication with the Southern District Health Board before Christmas to ensure testing and isolation capacity was sufficient and people could be transferred out of town if necessary, he said.

University of Otago epidemiologist Prof Michael Baker said New Zealand’s experience with the Delta variant of the virus had been remarkable.

There had been a steady decline in cases and hospital admissions in the current outbreak for eight weeks.

Most of the Delta variant’s lines of transmission in New Zealand had been stamped out, Prof Baker said.

‘‘That certainly is the case in the South Island.

‘‘And that’s telling us it can be eliminated.’’

Meanwhile, it was confirmed yesterday that an infected managed isolation and quarantine worker in Auckland, who had been in the community in Auckland, was infected with the newer, more contagious Omicron variant.

The ministry released seven locations of interest including two bus trips that were identified as high-risk.

Prof Baker would not be drawn on which variant would be detected in the Southern region first, but he said the consensus was that Omicron would spread very widely at some point in the next few months.

Without a change to the current planning, the borders would be opened progressively from after next month.

The variant would, under those circumstances, arrive rapidly and spread rapidly, he said.

The World Health Organisation estimated Omicron would infect half the people in Europe over the next two months, he said.

If the virus spread that rapidly here it would overwhelm the country’s contact tracing.

‘‘It’s so unpredictable with Omicron. The problem we’ve got at the moment is that we’ve got over 300 active cases sitting in MIQ; we’ve never had a fraction of that number before.

‘‘Really given how infectious it is, just on the balance of probability, we’re going to get an outbreak fairly soon.

‘‘I don’t think anyone can get more precise than that; you can’t predict the future.’’

- There were 25 new cases of Covid-19 in the community yesterday and 43 in MIQ. On Saturday, 29 new community cases were reported and there were 25 new cases in MIQ.

- A new cohort of New Zealanders are eligible for inoculation today. Children aged 5-11 are now eligible for their first dose of the vaccine.

Christchurch locations of interest:

Esquires Cafe Homebase Shirley

199A Marshland Road, Shirley, Christchurch 8083

Sunday 09 January

11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days after you were exposed. If symptoms develop, get a test and stay at home until you get a negative test result.
14 Jan 11:00 am

Bargain Chemist Shirley

201 Marshland Road, Shirley, Christchurch 8083

Sunday 09 January

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days after you were exposed. If symptoms develop, get a test and stay at home until you get a negative test result.
14 Jan 11:00 am

Pak'nSave Wainoni Christchurch

174 Wainoni Road, Avondale, Christchurch 8061

Wednesday 12 January

11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days after you were exposed. If symptoms develop, get a test and stay at home until you get a negative test result.
14 Jan 9:00 am
(13 Jan 5:00 pm)

Savebarn Christchurch

1 Lancaster Street, Waltham, Christchurch 8011

Tuesday 11 January

9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days after you were exposed. If symptoms develop, get a test and stay at home until you get a negative test result.
13 Jan 5:00 pm

Savebarn Christchurch

1 Lancaster Street, Waltham, Christchurch 8011

Monday 10 January

9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days after you were exposed. If symptoms develop, get a test and stay at home until you get a negative test result.
13 Jan 5:00 pm

Christchurch Casino Christchurch Central

30 Victoria Street, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8013

Wednesday 05 January

9:30 pm -

Thursday 06 January

12:30 am

Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days after you were exposed. If symptoms develop, get a test and stay at home until you get a negative test result.
13 Jan 10:00 am
(11 Jan 6:00 pm)

Sydenham Pharmacy

359 Colombo Street, Sydenham, Christchurch 8023

Monday 10 January

8:50 am - 9:55 am

Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days after you were exposed. If symptoms develop, get a test and stay at home until you get a negative test result.
12 Jan 5:00 pm

The Colombo Sydenham

363 Colombo Street, Sydenham, Christchurch 8023

Monday 10 January

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days after you were exposed. If symptoms develop, get a test and stay at home until you get a negative test result.
12 Jan 5:00 pm

New World Durham St Christchurch Central

175 Durham Street South, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011

Monday 10 January

4:30 pm - 5:45 pm

Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days after you were exposed. If symptoms develop, get a test and stay at home until you get a negative test result.
12 Jan 5:00 pm

Kmart Riccarton

129 Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christchurch 8041

Thursday 06 January

7:15 pm - 9:00 pm

Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days after you were exposed. If symptoms develop, get a test and stay at home until you get a negative test result.
12 Jan 2:00 pm
(11 Jan 5:00 pm)

Riverside Market Christchurch

96 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011

Wednesday 05 January

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days after you were exposed. If symptoms develop, get a test and stay at home until you get a negative test result.
12 Jan 2:00 pm
(11 Jan 5:00 pm)

Rollickin Gelato Cafe Cashel Street

98 Cashel Street, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011

Wednesday 05 January

4:30 pm - 5:35 pm

Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days after you were exposed. If symptoms develop, get a test and stay at home until you get a negative test result.
12 Jan 2:00 pm
(11 Jan 5:00 pm)

Kathmandu Christchurch CBD

673 Colombo Street, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011

Wednesday 05 January

3:10 pm - 4:20 pm

Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days after you were exposed. If symptoms develop, get a test and stay at home until you get a negative test result.
12 Jan 1:00 pm
(11 Jan 5:00 pm)

TANK Juice Bar Cashel Square

120 Hereford Street, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011

Wednesday 05 January

3:20 pm - 4:30 pm

Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days after you were exposed. If symptoms develop, get a test and stay at home until you get a negative test result.
12 Jan 1:00 pm
(11 Jan 6:00 pm)

Ballantynes Department Store Christchurch

Cashel Street Mall, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011

Wednesday 05 January

3:40 pm - 5:00 pm

Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days after you were exposed. If symptoms develop, get a test and stay at home until you get a negative test result.
12 Jan 1:00 pm
(11 Jan 5:00 pm)

Christchurch Adventure Park and Cafe

225 Worsleys Road, Cracroft, Christchurch 8022

Thursday 06 January

3:40 pm - 6:30 pm

Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days after you were exposed. If symptoms develop, get a test and stay at home until you get a negative test result.
11 Jan 6:00 pm

 

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