Northerners are urged by government and local leaders to get tested and vaccinated to help identify the spread of Covid-19 in the region. Photo / Michael Cunningham
The Lawyer investigations led health officials to reveal that there is in fact no evidence that a Covid case visited a hairdresser in Kerikeri.
The confusion arose after Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson announced a hairdresser in Kerikeri as a place of interest during the government press conference at 1 p.m. Thursday.
A spokesperson for the Department of Health said the first reports that a Kerikeri barber was a possible place of interest had been released to ministers involved in the Covid-19 response.
“This report has been investigated by health officials and there is no evidence that this was a location visited by the Northland cases.”
“All current places of interest are listed on the ministry’s website and are updated as new information becomes available.”
Despite the confusion, the good news that Northland had no new cases of Covid-19 was accurate. The 71 new cases are located in Auckland.
Residents of Kerikeri received shocking news yesterday when an AA driver licensing center was revealed as a place of interest.
The only Far North cities previously listed as places of interest related to women’s travel were Paihia and Kawakawa.
However, no specific place of interest related to the two cities had been made public.
Anyone who was at the AA Center on Fairway Drive between 3:15 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. on October 5 should self-isolate at home and watch for symptoms of Covid.
They can get tested at 1 Sammaree Pl, off Mill Lane in Kerikeri, or at the new driving test center at Ōhaeawai Rugby Club, open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Public health director Caroline McElnay said the ministry “probably had as much information as it was going to receive” from the two travelers.
It remains unclear how widespread the virus is in Tai Tokerau after the women’s journey north from Auckland and their subsequent failure to cooperate with contact tracers.
But the strategy is to get as many people vaccinated and tested as possible in the area, McElnay said.
Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said the best thing Northlanders can do is get tested if they have symptoms of Covid-19, even if they are mild.
A truck driver who traveled to Northland has since been infected, but a “limited extent of exposure” is expected from the case.
In a Facebook post, the owners of Steve Taylor Tires in Whangārei said that a person who tested positive visited the Kamo store on Saturday.
The store has been closed for a thorough cleaning and is expected to reopen early next week.
Northland, Auckland and Waikato remain at Alert Level 3 until Cabinet reviews the settings on Monday.
• Northland’s current landmarks are BP Connect Wylies (October 2, 11:20 pm-12:20 pm); Comfort Hotel Flames, Onerahi (Oct 2, 6 p.m.-11.59 p.m .; Oct 3, 12 p.m.-6.30 p.m.); Pepe’s Dairy, Onerahi (October 3, 9-10 a.m.); Z Kensington (October 4, 3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m.); Kingswood Manor Motel, Whangārei (October 3, 9 pm-11.59pm; October 4, 12 pm-10.15am); Metro, Rathbone Street, Whangārei (October 4, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.); DoC Uretiti Campsite, Waipū (October 4, 12 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.); AA Driver and Vehicle License, Kerikeri (October 5, 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.).