Kapiti News

Covid cases isolating in district

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There are four cases of Covid-19 isolating in a health board managed community supported isolation and quarantine facility in Ka¯ piti, the Capital and Coast District Health Board has confirmed.

Ka¯ piti mayor K Gurunathan urged residents to prepare for Omicron in the community following the confirmati­on.

“It is inevitable that we will have actual cases of community transmissi­on sometime soon and while that is certainly not the news that any of us want to hear, these reports are a timely reminder.

“We must all remain calm, have trust and confidence in the healthled response, and continue to play our part to minimise the spread of this virus.

“We need to mask up, scan and pass, and play by the red traffic light rules.

“If you’ve been in a location of interest, stay home, monitor your symptoms and do the right thing and get a test.

“This is not the time to take a ‘she’ll be right attitude’.

“It is now more important than ever that we support those who are eligible to be vaccinated but haven’t had their first or second shot to get vaccinated, and those that are due their booster shots to do so immediatel­y.

“This will help us overcome the worst of the virus.

“We may not be able to stamp out Omicron but if we all play our part we can learn to live with this virus — the reality is this is our ‘new normal’.”

Gurunathan said council had contingenc­y plans in place but if staff get sick it may need to look at reducing hours at Ka¯ piti Coast District libraries, pools and service centres for example.

“Omicron isn’t something we can control and staff are working hard to keep things open and ticking over.

“Please be patient and kind and visit the council’s website kapiticoas­t.govt.nz for up-to-date informatio­n about council services and facilities.

“We’ve been here before and with a little manaakitan­ga we can get through this together.”

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