Mayor Boult advises Omicron in the local community

Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Jim Boult said the news of a confirmed case of COVID-19 Omicron in Queenstown was a wake-up call for the community.

“Having been made aware of the possibility of a case late last night, I want to maintain my commitment to the local community to raise awareness as soon as possible. Although we have all done a great job of increasing the number of vaccines and reminders and follow the CPF’s red-hot practice, it’s time to double down and stay safe and healthy with each other,” Mayor Boult said.

Mayor Boult understood that the individual was cooperating with Department of Health officials to identify places of interest and close contacts.

“Obviously, we wish the person concerned well and encourage everyone to keep a close eye on the Department of Health website for any notified places of interest in the district.”

“It may seem difficult with our district being COVID-free for so long, but we knew it was coming. Over the coming weeks and months, we will most likely see more cases emerge, so discuss with your household what you would do in the event that you needed to self-isolate at home. Do you have enough groceries, pet food, and medicine, or do you have someone who can drop supplies off at your doorstep? »

The news reminded all residents and visitors to continue to follow public health measures, including:

> Wash regularly and dry your hands thoroughly or use hand sanitizer.

> Sneeze and cough into your elbow.

> Keep your distance from people you don’t know.

> Clean or disinfect common surfaces often.

> If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms: stay home, get tested.

> Always use the COVID tracer app when entering all premises, including the workplace, and activate Bluetooth.

> Wear a mask whenever you can and where required.

> Get a reminder if you are now eligible.

If you don’t have symptoms, don’t get tested if you haven’t been to a place of interest within the specified time frame or if you haven’t been asked to do so by Public Health.

To stay up to date on health advice, the latest places of interest and where to get tested, make covid19.govt.nz your source for information.

“It’s important right now that we all stay calm, support each other and be kind,” Mayor Boult added.

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