Covid-19 detected in Tauranga wastewater

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. Photo: RNZ.

There has been a detection of Covid-19 in Tauranga wastewater and further testing is underway in Tauranga and Mount Maunganui, with results expected on Thursday.

The sample was taken on September 23, additional samples are also being taken from Paeroa, Waihi Beach, Katikati, Matamata, Te Puke and Maketu.

Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says there are a number of reasons why wastewater testing may return a positive result including a recovered case or an undetected acute case.

Bloomfield says that people in the greater Tauranga area should get a Covid-19 test if you have any symptoms or been at a location of interest.

Testing centres in Tauranga will be opening extended hours today and additional pop-ups will be available tomorrow. The locations of those popups will be made available on the Healthpoint website.

When asked if Tauranga and the surrounding area should be preparing for a snap lockdown as a result of the positive test Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, "No."

Bloomfield also confirms it is unlikely the test result is a consequence of the truck driver from Auckland who recently visited destinations in Tauranga.

There are eight new cases of Covid-19 in the community, all of which are in Auckland. Of those, seven are contacts of existing cases.

The remaining case presented at Waitākere Hospital yesterday.  The person was transferred to North Shore Hospital as soon as their test returned positive where they are being treated in isolation in a negative pressure room.

Five members of Waitākere Hospital's emergency department have been stood down as a result. Eight patients are also being treated as contacts.

There are now three active sub-clusters, down from four yesterday.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed that those leaving Auckland permanently can do so as of midnight tonight, should they provide a negative Covid-19 test.

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Hard to believe?

Posted on 29-09-2021 11:56 | By morepork

We have technology that can detect 1 part of something in trillions. In fact, it can get down to atoms... And yet, even though this technology is available and not secret, there are people who don’t believe the results. Are the population as a whole becoming "science resistant"? Is it easier to believe some superstition or conspiracy theory? Are people just not being informed through school science? Knowledge and technology are expanding at an exponential rate that exceeds even the rate of natural growth we might expect. After centuries of suppression and stake-burnings, people can follow their curiosity and get answers. The Cassandraic irony is that now, when we should have an age of enlightenment, people choose not to believe what is being discovered.


Posted on 29-09-2021 08:58 | By

It is hard to believe that out of hundreds of thousands of turds they can detect if one person has a cold virus. Yet they can’t build a MIQ system based on need rather than a golden lotto. It’s Wizard of Oz meets Willie Wonker and we all like a story.


Posted on 28-09-2021 15:22 | By old trucker

GOSH what a lot of fue,finding this in waste water, thats insane is it not,with all that sewage etc they can detect in all that waste covid 19,funny we do not see these samples on screen being tested in front of us,gosh what else did they detect,and what method was used,i could imagine all the stiff shirts down there with fluro jackets and clipboards going oh ah gosh we detected 19,how do we know this is true and the person was a expert in this and happened to find 19, my thoughts only on this Sunlive, who by the way No1 for News,Thank you,10-4 out.phew.