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'We are ready' - Government says it's prepared for Covid-19 outbreak

Friday 20 August 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National

Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health reassures people they are ready to handle a Covid-19 outbreak after a New Zealand-based medical expert said the country would not be able to handle the virus.

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More negative tests, Covid-19 testing criteria to be reviewed

Thursday 19 August 2021 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Health, National

Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health has updated its Covid-19 testing criteria after the list of locations of interest in Auckland was expanded on Wednesday.

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Cook Islands responds as Covid-19 outbreak in NZ grows

Wednesday 18 August 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National

Passengers who arrived in Rarotonga after August 11 queued on Tuesday to get tested at Constitution Park for Covid-19 - as the Ministry of Health try to test 1500 people in 72 hours.

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Covid-19 Alert Level 2 - What you need to know

Tuesday 17 August 2021 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Health, National

The Cook Islands has shifted into Covid-19 Alert Level 2. Here is what you need to know.

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Auckland Covid-19 community case may affect some NZ travellers to Cooks

Monday 16 August 2021 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Health, National

Local officials are monitoring the situation in New Zealand, where officials have reported a new Covid-19 community case in Auckland.

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Health ministry declares dengue outbreak over

Monday 16 August 2021 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Health, National

After hundreds of infections and over six months of fighting the mosquito-borne illness, the dengue outbreak in the Cook Islands has been declared officially over by local health authorities.

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Students take journey of creative expression

Wednesday 11 August 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Health, National

A visiting artist from New Zealand has dedicated her three month stay to promoting the improvement of long term mental health - starting with a school on Rarotonga.

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Buzz off: Cooks set to exit dengue outbreak

Saturday 7 August 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National

The Cook Islands has not had a dengue case for close to three weeks and a spokesperson from the Health ministry says it’s likely by the end of next week the outbreak will be declared over.

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Health ministry is considering vaccinating children aged 12 to 15 with Pfizer

Monday 2 August 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Health, National

After vaccinating more than 90 per cent of Cook Islands’ eligible population, Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health is exploring ways to get approval for the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to be given to 12 to 15-year-olds.

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96 per cent fully jabbed

Friday 23 July 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National

The rollout for the first dose of the Covid-19 Pfizer vaccine is complete and the second dose is nearing completion.

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Reaching herd immunity ‘is no guarantee’

Wednesday 21 July 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National

New variants of the Covid-19 virus will make it hard for countries like Cook Islands to achieve herd immunity, says a leading Pacific health expert.

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Two new dengue cases

Tuesday 20 July 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Health, National

Two probable cases of dengue fever have been reported in Rarotonga in the past week bringing the total hospitalisations to 60 during the past six months.

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Government preparing response to ‘RSV’ virus affecting Kiwi kids

Wednesday 14 July 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Health, National

As government prepares its response to a respiratory virus that’s putting Kiwi children at risk, questions have been raised after a Health Ministry social media post related to the outbreak was deleted when a senior official said he was not consulted on the matter.

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100 per cent first dose for Pukapuka, Nassau

Monday 12 July 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National

The Covid-19 vaccination programme in the northern group islands have kicked off with 100 per cent turnouts.

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Hard work pays off for 13 health protection officers

Saturday 10 July 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Health, National

After three years of study and hard work, 13 new Te Marae Ora health workers graduated yesterday and received their warrant of appointment as health protection law enforcement officers.

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Contact tracing drive continues

Saturday 10 July 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Health, National

The Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce, which has led the development of the country’s two main contact tracing systems, says downloads of the contact tracing smartphone app are increasing along with the number of registered CookSafe QR cardholders.

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Dengue cases drop on Rarotonga and Pa Enua

Wednesday 7 July 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Health, National

Cases of Dengue fever in Rarotonga and the Pa Enua have nearly flattened as public health officials get a leg up on the outbreak.

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9221 Cook Islands residents fully vaccinated

Tuesday 29 June 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National

Mauke’s first vaccination rollout is complete, with its entire eligible population of 194 getting the first dose.

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Passengers offloaded ‘in error’

Friday 25 June 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Health, National

Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health has apologised to passengers who were off loaded in error on an Air New Zealand flight to Rarotonga Wednesday.

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Cooks to consider proof of Covid-19 vaccination

Tuesday 22 June 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National

Tourists from countries with high cases of Covid-19 may need a proof of vaccination to visit the Cook Islands in the future.

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