Plan in action when Covid knocked
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An incident last week where a delivery driver who had visited a Waipukurau location was found to have been Covid-19 positive was a good reminder that exposure can happen, says Central Hawke’s Bay District Council chief executive Monique Davidson. “However council has a plan and is prepared to act when necessary. We exerted the highest precaution for the protection of the community, sending potentially esposed staff home. With the advice of the District Health Board being that there was no risk posed from the event, staff returned to work.” The incident unfolded last Thursday when a trucking company notified council that a delivery driver who had visited a council office at the railway station building at Waipukurau on Wednesday had tested positive for Covid-19. The office is not open to the public and was the only location visited by the driver. Staff who had been at the site on Wednesday and Thursday were asked to go home immediately and the Hawke’s Bay DHB was advised of a potential exposure. The DHB Public Health Unit subsequently found the risk to staff and the wider community was low. The trucking company was not based in Hawke’s Bay. Central Hawke’s Bay Mayor Alex Walker says “exposure to Covid-19 can happen so easily, and last week’s incident is proof of that. It was fantastic to see how quickly and efficiently action was taken in order to keep our community safe. At this time there are no locations of interest in Central Hawke’s Bay, no positive cases and no risk posed, however we all need to do our bit to continue preparing for any future cases within our district.” With only 350 people in the district yet to receive their first vaccination, meaning Central Hawke’s Bay is very close to getting to the 90 per cent target for Covid-19 vaccinations. As Christmas nears and with the spread of Covid-19 increasing throughout the country a campaign to boost local vaccination rates in Central Hawke’s Bay is in full swing — aiming to get more than 90 per cent of the district fully vaccinated before the holiday season. Together, Te Taiwhenua o Tamatea, Hawke’s Bay District Health Board, local health providers, community organisations and the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council are increasing efforts to get vaccinations numbers boosted this week to enable as many in the district to have had their two shots for summer. “This is the last chance to fit in both vaccinations before Christmas so we are making sure that Central Hawke’s Bay will have access to vaccinations every single day this week,” says Mayor Alex. “Whether you are working shifts, have no access to transport, or just need a bit of time to sit with a trusted professional to have a chat about what vaccination means, we have all the options covered. Getting the vaccination is best way to get protected and if we can follow it up with the 1500 people who also need their second shot, Central Hawke’s Bay will be very well placed to enjoy their summer at the beach,” says Mayor Alex. “I’d really encourgage people that aren’t sure about the vaccination, to not rely on social media but to reach out to a trusted friend or medical professional. Don’t be scared, being prepared. It’s the best way to protect each other.” To support the push for vaccinations this week, pop up vaccination centres will be available every day this week throughout the district, as well as bookings being able to be made by visiting www. ourhealthhb.nz. A local Tamatea — Central Hawke’s Bay Covid-19 response team has also been reformed, supporting the strong response effort established during the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown.