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The Ministry of Health confirmed at around midday today that a person returned a positive Covid-19 test late last night in Blenheim, Marlborough District.
The individual is currently self-isolating after flying from Rotorua, arriving on October 21. They'd presented symptoms of a sore throat and sought a test on arrival.
A total of two tests were taken; an initial and follow-up swab, which returned a weak positive result.
Risk is reportedly low to the general public as the individual has developed symptoms late in their stage of infection. It is believed the person's positive result is linked to the Te Awamutu cluster.
A small number of close contacts were identified and are currently isolating with tests arranged to rule out any further transmission.
Residents in Blenheim that may be presenting symptoms of the virus are asked “to please get tested” by the Ministry, even if they are vaccinated.
Testing is available at Blenheim CBAC: Horton Park, off Redwood St from 9am to 5.30pm through Saturday to Monday. People can also get a test at Nelson CBAC: Saxton Field parking area, Suffolk Rd, Stoke from 9am to 5.30pm through Saturday to Monday.
For further testing capacity, people can visit the Healthpoint New Zealand website for more up to date information.
From November 3, 2020, there have been no identified cases reported in the community of the South Island. This will be the first positive case confirmed in the community since.
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