The Titikaveka Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) Coordinator, Ali Macquarie. PHOTO: MELINA ETCHES/22021409
The Titikaveka Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) or Puna was activated on Sunday, shortly after the first positive Covid-19 community case was announced.
Coordinator of the centre, Ali Macquarie said red flags were posted around the private accommodation property where the woman, who is asymptomatic and was visiting, is staying with two travelling friends (who both tested negative).
The women are in
isolated quarantine for 10 days, and had felt a bit apprehensive with the red
flags posted outside their holiday residence in case of negative reaction from
Colour coded flags
have been used by the Puna around Rarotonga when the country first experienced
a lockdown in 2020.
A white flag
standing outside a home means in need of medical attention, an orange flag
indicates vulnerable persons and no visitors permitted, and a red flag signals
a positive Covid-19 case – isolated quarantine and no visitors.
the woman of their cooperation and the purpose of the coloured coded flag as an
indication to the neighbours and the rest of the community to keep away.
“I’d like to
remind the community to please show some respect for these people and don’t go
and nosy around.
“Now we also have
to be mindful of what we do, sanitise, wear your masks etc.”
In anticipation of
a positive Covid case with the opening of the international borders last month,
preparations for the Titikaveka Puna activation were already in full swing
which included a meeting with the Titikaveka community just last week.
pleased with the swift notification from Te Marae Ora on Sunday concerning the
positive case compared to the “unacceptable” 18 hour wait for an official
announcement on Saturday in regards to a positive test result from a tourist in
Auckland who had holidayed on Rarotonga.
“It’s good we were
advised a lot earlier; we could activate our procedures to help keep our
community and our people safe.”
Since yesterday from
8am, the Titikaveka Puna is now open 24/7. The other four puna health clinics
on the island are prepared to be activated once a positive case has been identified
in their district.