The Aitutaki Tautu Covid-19 taskforce assisted the isolated residents who complied and understood the importance of the restricted requirements.
Coordinator of the team Rere Mataiti said, “these are people who had returned home from New Zealand some weeks ago.”
Mataiti was relieved that, “fortunately, they were the only occupants in their homes, one or two per home, and a total of four people involved.”
Duties of the taskforce for the isolated comprised of grocery collection and delivery, the supply of drinking water and the care of their livestock (pigs and goats).
“We also monitored the houses to ensure they did not leave their properties,” said Mataiti.
“There were no problems, they all abided with the rules and understood why the conditions were in place.”
Tautu has a population of approximately 270 people, with about 80 occupied houses.
The Covid-19 unit has been active and on the go for the past few weeks, interviewing each household to collect data.
The first survey gathered details on each of the residents while the second survey included the conditions of household facilities (bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom) assessments.
The collation of data results are also plotted on a digital map.
Other responsibilities for the team include daily home visits, identifying the vulnerable, spreadsheets, analysing data etc.
Residents are also informed on what government financial assistance is available for them during the Covid-19 crisis.
The Tautu Covid-19 taskforce team include: coordinator Rere Mataiti, assistant Nga Teinangaro, Kaleena Davey, Rosa Henry. Ken Takai, Tetuanui Tepaki, Tereapii Tepaki, Piri Toko, Endes Teinangaro, Lewis Teinangaro, Alana Cameron and Mareta Mose.
Mataiti would like to acknowledge the support from Hon Patrick Arioka, Infrastructure Cook Islands secretary Diane Charlie-Puna and Vaipo Mataora.