Published Tuesday 10 Nov 2020

Regional Public Health would like to reassure our greater Wellington communities, that currently the risk of community transmission of COVID-19 is low.

  • Of the Wellington case’s 55 identified close contacts, 48 have returned a negative result, and the rest are pending.
  • RPH and the Ministry of Health has made contact with all close contacts who need to self-isolate within the greater Wellington region
  • Unless you have been directed to self-isolate from RPH, Healthline or the Ministry or Health you do not need to be self-isolating. We are aware of people in our communities who have been tested, but are not a close contact and have chosen to self-isolate on their own accord as a precaution, until they receive the results of their test.


Credit to our friends at Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā for these important messages to remember around COVID-19:

  • COVID-19 is spread by coughing, sneezing, touching your face, and passed around by touching contaminated objects
  • Kaumātua and those with chest problems, cancer, diabetes, heart disesase, kidney problems and low immunity are at high risk

What to do:

  • Wash hands thoroughly for one verse of Tutira Mai Nga Iwi or two Happy Birthdays – and dry them!
  • Stay home if you are māuiui
  • Take note of where you have been and who you have been in contact with


Background to current COVID-19 situation in Wellington

  • The confirmed case of COVID-19 is in quarantine in a Managed Isolation Facility
  • If you were on flight NZ457 last Thursday, or visited Little Penang last Friday between 1.15 and 3.45pm, be aware of symptoms and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if you feel unwell
  • We are grateful to the case and their contacts for moving swiftly to contain any further spread of the virus once it was discovered.
  • If anyone is concerned about their health, or wants more information about testing, they can call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 ​
  • ​Use the NZ COVID Tracer app to keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen. The app keeps us one step ahead of the virus — the more we scan, the safer we’ll be.
  • It’s important we continue to stay vigilant to protect ourselves, our whānau and our communities. For more info visit the Unite Against COVID-19 website or call Healthline on 0800 358 5453