Covid-19 detected in sewage sample in Taupō

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A sewage sample in Taupō has detected Covid-19 and another sample is currently being analyzed.

The Department of Health today announced that a sample taken on November 8 detected the virus, while a sample taken on November 10 is under investigation.

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“A positive sewage test may sometimes result from a historical case that may continue to shed virus fragments for a few weeks after becoming ill – even if not infectious,” a ministry statement said.

The Department of Health has urged anyone in the area who may be showing symptoms to get tested, even if they are vaccinated.

“At this stage, there are no other new and unexpected wastewater results to report,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, Covid-19 was not detected in samples taken from Gisborne and Napier on November 10. There follows no detection in these areas from samples taken on 8 November.

There have been signs that the virus is slowly creeping into the regions, with cases in Northland, Waikato, Stratford and Taranaki.

This morning Taranaki DHB Medical Officer Dr Jonathan Jarman said RNZ six people who tested positive for Covid-19 in Taranaki had been hesitant to get tested and had not used the tracing app.

During this afternoon’s briefing – where it was revealed there were 201 new community cases – Robertson revealed that someone had traveled to Auckland to pick up another family member and brought them back to Taranaki to live with them. He said one of the six positive cases had been vaccinated.


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