Rotorua and Taupo Hospitals in Alert Level 4 lockdown
18/08/2021 10:59:46 a.m.

Wednesday 18 August 202 10.45hours

The Lakes DHB district is now in Alert level 4 lockdown, as of 11.59pm on Tuesday evening.

Auckland and the Coromandel areas will be in lockdown for seven days, with the alert level for the rest of New Zealand reviewed at the end of Friday.

This follows a community case of COVID-19 being identified, with a further four cases confirmed overnight. The strain is confirmed as Delta.

Our community testing centres in Rotorua and Taupo are open from 9am -3pm today, Thursday and Friday. Weekend hours will be advised.

At Rotorua and Taupo Hospitals, all outpatient appointments and elective procedures have been cancelled for the next three days. Chemotherapy and dialysis treatments will continue during the lockdown as they are a critical service.

Dental clinic appointments in the Community Oral Health Service have also been cancelled for the next three days.

Community mental health clinics have been cancelled for the three days, with urgents seen where possible.

In line with the requirements of Alert level 4, entry to the hospitals will be restricted, and no visitors will be admitted to Rotorua Hospital except as listed below:

• One support person with a woman in labour
• One parent /guardian with a child under 14 years, in ED/ Children’s Unit/SCBU.
• Two visitors with a patient receiving end of life care

Patients needing to come to Rotorua Hospital enter through the main entrance and at Taupo Hospital, entry for the public is via the Emergency Department. People who do have to come into the hospitals will be asked some simple health questions and will need to wear a mask.

COVID-19 vaccinations have been suspended for the next 48 hours while the MoH ensures they can take place in a safe environment. A further update on vaccinations will be coming in the next 24 hours.