Just over half the elective surgeries planned for April went ahead at Nelson Hospital under Alert Level 4. Photo: File.

New case of Covid-19 in Nelson, another community assessment hub set up

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Nelson’s has another confirmed case of Covid-19.

The Ministry of Health says Nelson’s most recent confirmed case is a woman in her 20s who recently travelled to the United Arab Emirates. There are now 10 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Nelson with nine in Marlborough and one probable case.

Yesterday, 76 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in New Zealand, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 589 – with 12 people in hospital, two of whom were in Intensive Care Units.

Nelson’s most serious case is a man in his 70s who is “critically unwell” on a ventilator in ICU in Nelson Hospital.

Nelson Marlborough Health says all cases are travel-related and there is no evidence of a community outbreak in the region

On Sunday, New Zealand had its first death from Covid-19 afer a woman in her 70s on the West Coast died in Grey Hospital.

New community hub set up

A second community based assessment centre (CBAC) was set up on Monday in the Harvey Norman carpark in Toi Toi. This centre is only for screening and if further assessment was needed then patients would be transported to Nelson’s other CBAC in old Suburban Club at 168 Tahunanui Drive.

The Toi Toi centre is open 10 to 1pm and the Suburban Club centre at Tahunanui that is open 9-6pm.

Staff at the Toi Toi CBAC can also connect people to welfare support: Accommodation, food, personal and whānau safety, financial and social support.

People who go to a community-based assessment centre will be seen free of charge.

You may be met by clinicians wearing protective masks and other personal protective equipment. Clinicians will ask you ‘screening questions’ to assess if you need to be assessed. Screening also happens on the phone when you call a CBAC, GP or Healthline on the phone.

Once screened, you may be assessed and then tested. Not everyone is tested however.

Screening questions focus on your recent travel history or close contact with people who have travelled overseas in the last 14 days. close contact with people who have, or who may have COVID-19 clinical symptoms. The clinician who has done the screening will determine if you need to then be assessed. Assessment happens inside the CBAC, with the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in use.

If the clinician who has done the assessment determines that a test is needed, a swab (sample) will be taken from you and sent to a laboratory for testing. It is very important that anyone who has had a swab taken remains in careful isolation and follows the physical distancing rules.

Easter rules

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern yesterday said a decision on what would happen with Easter trading could be expected today.

Many shops, including supermarkets, are normally banned from opening and trading on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, but because of demand for essential services, and particularly supermarkets, the ministers are considering whether changes are needed.