Covid-19 Local Government Response Unit Update – Thursday 30 December 2021

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We will be available during the new year period

We will still be monitoring our inbox over the New Year period.

If something needs urgent attention, you can contact Richard Ward (021 826 149) or Martyn Pinckard (027 272 1315).

The latest Local Government COVID-19 Protection Framework guidance is available in the following weblink: Local-Government-Covid-Protection-Framework-guidance-15-12-21.pdf (

If you have feedback on this guidance, please sent it through the inbox.

First community exposures from border-related Omicron case

The case is a recent international arrival who returned a positive result on day nine of their self-isolation period. They had previously returned three negative tests for COVID-19 while completing 7 days of managed isolation at a facility in Auckland.

To date, a number of close contacts have been identified and those tested have returned negative test result for COVID-19. They are currently isolating. Public Health are in the process of identifying and contacting all other known close contacts, and ensuring they also isolate and get tested.

The Ministry of Health has also confirmed there is a second Omicron case who has been in the community. At this stage, there are no known locations of interest.

Alert level shifts to occur as announced on 13 December

From 11:59pm on Thursday, 30 December, the following regions will move to Orange: Auckland, Taupō, Rotorua Lakes, Kawerau, Whakatane, Ōpōtiki, Gisborne, Wairoa, Rangitikei, Whanganui and Ruapehu districts.

Northland will remain at Red.

The traffic light map will be updated from 11:59pm on 30 December 2021.

The next review will be in the week of 17 January 2022.

Help your workforce stay safe from COVID-19 over summer

The Ministry of Health has published guidance and to help you prevent or minimise the spread of COVID-19 during what can be a busy social period.

Help keep your people safe and well by sharing COVID-19 key summer health messages.

Download key messages for summer or read more at Ministry of health | Health guidance for summer

Information on current cases, COVID-19 test sites and economic support

There are 60 new cases of COVID-19 in the community today. Of these cases 20 are in Auckland, 28 in Waikato, 8 in Bay of Plenty, 1 in Northland, 1 in Rotorua, 1 in Tairāwhiti, and 1 in Canterbury.

Available testing sites can be found on the Ministry of Health website: Available testing sites.

Locations of interest can be found at Locations of Interest . This is being updated as soon as information is available.

Economic assistance is available for those impacted by the lockdown, more information available on the COVID-19 website , including details of the Business Boost package.