The Ministry of Health has confirmed three new COVID-19 cases in Taranaki this afternoon, taking the region’s total to 23 cases.
Two are linked to the previously reported cases in Eltham and are isolating at home in the Eltham area.
Taranaki DHB’s Public Health Unit (PHU) has said that, at this stage, the third case is not linked to any of the previously reported cases in New Plymouth, Waitara, Eltham or Hāwera. The unlinked case is from New Plymouth and currently isolating at home.
Case investigation work is underway to identify any close contacts and locations of interest, but the PHU is advising people not to delay getting tested if they have any symptoms at all, no matter how mild.
Community testing is available on Friday 17 December at the following locations:
• Taranaki Base Hospital testing centre from 9am – 3pm
• Hawera Hospital testing centre from 10am – 2pm
• Eltham Kohanga Reo, 24 York Street, 10am – 1pm (run by Ngaruahine)
Please continue to check the current locations of interest in Taranaki on the Ministry of Health’s website.
We will continue to update the community when further information is available.