More Top Stories

Local

Bigger and busier 2023: PM

31 December 2022

Other Sports

Double gold for Darts

21 January 2023

Features
Health

Covid-19 cases stable: TMO

10 January 2023

Economy

Population policy endorsed

10 January 2023

Economy
National

PM Brown vows to change law

23 January 2023

National
Features
Rugby league

Moana target 2025 World Cup

11 November 2022

Local

We’re halfway there!

16 November 2022

Paddling

From the river to the ocean

18 November 2022

Covid-19 cases declining, says Te Marae Ora

Friday 20 January 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Health, National

Share

Covid-19 cases declining, says Te Marae Ora
Photo: 123rf.com

Covid-19 case numbers in the Cook Islands have decreased following a spike in reinfection earlier this month.

Te Marae Ora (TMO) Ministry for Health secretary Bob Williams said the numbers have decreased with a seven-day rolling average of 16 in the first week of January to January 10.

Williams has confirmed that there is one hospitalisation case which is considered “moderate” Covid.

At this stage, he said the patient requires oxygen supplement and has been admitted for three days receiving appropriate treatment as per TMO guideline.

Williams said the condition of the patient has been improving.

A week ago, the country recorded its second Covid-19 related death - an 82-year-old woman in Mauke.

The first Covid death was of a 63-year-old woman who had underlying health conditions and died in April, 2022.

Te Marae Ora had also confirmed a week ago that there was a case of the new variant of Covid-19 – XBB1 – in the country.

Meanwhile, Williams says medical staff in the Pa Enua are assisted by staff from Rarotonga through tele-health with weekly meetings and emergency support to deal with Covid cases on the islands.

He said if necessary TMO will send a team across.

Te Marae Ora has also instructed staff to screen for high risk population.

Williams said the ministry will also be sending oral antiviral (Paxlovid) which can prevent severe infection if taken within five days from onset of symptoms.

The ministry will also provide training and support for triaging of cases and on eligibility of oral antiviral.

Te Marae Ora earlier this month announced that it had reintroduced compulsory mask-wearing and RAT testing for those entering health facilities. It also encouraged mask-wearing in enclosed spaces.