Cars filled with passengers line up to get tested for Covid-19 at Constitution Park last week. PHOTO: CI NEWS/21081712
There were no new Covid-19 cases recorded over the weekend with over 1000 tests carried out last week returning negative, except the four positive cases.
Health ministry Te Marae Ora (TMO) had PCR tested 38
people for the Covid-19 virus on Saturday, all of whom have returned a negative
A health spokesperson said there were no tests
In a statement, TMO said the 38 tests taken on Saturday
included the day five tests in quarantine for the 12 close contacts to case
number one recorded on Sunday, February 13.
“This brings the total number of PCR tests conducted
by TMO over the course of Sunday to Saturday, February 13-19, to 1065, with
1061 negative results and four positives,” the statement said.
There are currently four active positive cases of
Covid-19 in the Cook Islands, all of whom are in isolation, with a total of 61
close contacts in quarantine.
Passenger travel to Aitutaki remains open, while the
suspension of passenger travel to the rest of the Pa Enua has been extended
until midnight on Wednesday, February 23.
Further vaccination doses were also available at
Rarotonga Hospital on Saturday, with 26 people receiving their first dose, 69
receiving their second dose, 104 their booster and 33 receiving the paediatric
dose, for a total of 232 doses administered.
Covid-19 test results for those who have had a PCR
test will be sent via text by TMO to the cellphone number provided. Test
results will generally be available within 24 hours, but may take up to 48
hours to be processed.
TMO said: “It may not necessarily take the full 48
hours to get your test results back, but you must self-quarantine at your home
or accommodation until you are contacted by TMO with your results and given the
“Remember, only those who actually test positive for
Covid-19 are deemed to be in isolation, while close contacts of positive cases
are placed under quarantine. And as already mentioned, those people waiting on
the result of a Covid-19 test should also be self-quarantining as well.”
TMO would like to thank all of those people who have
presented themselves for testing and encourage everyone who is either
displaying Covid-like symptoms or who has visited a location of interest (see
below) at the relevant time to get themselves tested as soon as possible.
TMO will continue to provide periodic public updates
on their test numbers and results as the Covid-19 situation in the Cook Islands
develops and if any new positive cases emerge.
The current locations (and dates) of interest are as
follows (note that some times may overlap): Friday February 11 Police Station
(11.30am-12.30pm) OTR (1-2pm) ANZ bank (2-3pm) Party bus from 8.30pm onwards –
Hula Bar, Luna Bar, OTR, Rehab, Saturday February 12 Trader Jacks (7-9pm), Tuesday
February 15 Air NZ inbound flight NZ946, rows 46-50 Sinai Hall (7-10pm) and Wednesday
February 16 Family funeral at Takuvaine home (10.30am-1.30pm) Tupapa Gym