COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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Cases of Delta COVID-19 in Canterbury a timely reminder to get tested if you are unwell

Thursday 28 October 2021Health news3 minutes to read

With the overnight news that two cases of Delta COVID-19 have been identified in Canterbury, the most important thing for the public to do right now is to follow the COVID-19 protocols which includes getting tested immediately if you develop any COVID-19 symptoms.

If you have recently returned to the Coast after visiting Christchurch in the past 14 days and you’re not sure what you should do, please call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice.

West Coast DHB has set up COVID-19 testing clinics in Hokitika, Greymouth and Westport.

COVID-19 Testing Centre

Location

Times (28/10/2021)

Hokitika Health Centre

Hokitika

59 Sewell Street

* clinic is set up in health centre carpark

11:00am – 2:00pm

Te Nīkau Hospital & Health Centre

Greymouth

71 Waterwalk Road

* clinic is set up in north-west corner of the campus

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Buller Health Centre

Westport

Pakington Street

* clinic is set up in the health centre carpark

10:00am – 1:00pm

Testing is free but before you come in for a test, please call ahead to your general practice team or Healthline to arrange a suitable time. Contact details of West Coast GP practices are available online – https://www.wcdhb.health.nz/your-health/find-and-enrol-at-a-health-center/

Remember, we all play an important role in keeping ourselves, our family/whānau and friends safe. Some simple things that we can all do include:

  • Not going into any public places if you are feeling unwell and minimise close contact even in your home – ring ahead if you need a service.
  • Call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 – high temperature (at least 38°C), new or worsening cough, sneezing and runny nose, temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste, sore throat or shortness of breath. These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19. The symptoms are like other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu. Shortness of breath is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention.
  • Please wear a mask or fabric face covering into all DHB health care facilities.
  • Importantly, you must physically distance – stay at least two metres away from people you don’t know.
  • Wash and dry your hands frequently, or use hand gel.

Please scan in using the QR code, wherever you go using the government’s COVID-19 Tracer App, and ensure Bluetooth is turned on within the app – this means you’ll receive alerts if you’ve been exposed to a case.

If you still need to get vaccinated, you can book online at www.BookMyVaccine.nz or by calling the National Booking team on 0800 28 29 26 (8am – 8pm, 7 days). Vaccinations are available to all eligible people 12yrs and older.

Walk-in appointments are also available at our Westport, Greymouth and Hokitika clinics. Details of our clinics are available on our vaccination website – Home – Vaccinate Canterbury and West Coast (vaccinatecanterburywestcoast.nz)

For anyone who is feeling stressed and anxious or who needs some advice, then there are places you can CALL for more support, listed below:

  • Phone or text 1737 to be put through to a trained counsellor any time of the day or night. This is a free service for everyone.
  • Your General Practice or rural clinic
  • Poutini Waiora (Māori Health and Social Service) – 0800 333 170
  • Crisis Response (24/7) – 0800 757 678
  • Youthline – 0800 376 633
  • Rural Support Trust – 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP)
  • Programmes provided by your employer e.g. through the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).

More information is available on the Ministry of Health website and there is also a direct link from this website to the Unite Against COVID-19 homepage.

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