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A Rotorua tourist attraction and hotel have been named as new locations of interest.
They include Skyline Rotorua on Wednesday November 24 from 11.04am to 12:30pm and the Millennium Hotel Rotorua on Tuesday November 23 from 10am to 11:59pm, Wednesday November 24 from 12am to 11pm, and Thursday November 25 from 12am to 10am.
Anyone who was at these locations need to self-monitor for Covid-19 symptoms for 10 days after you were exposed at this location of interest. If symptoms develop, get a test and stay at home until you get a negative test result and until 24 hours after symptoms resolve.
The Martial Arts Academy Papamoa at 29 Reynolds Pl in Papamoa Beach has also been named as a new location of interest. Anyone who was at his location on Monday November 22 between 3.45pm and 5.30pm needs to self-isolate, test immediately and on day five after you were exposed.
New cases in Bay of Plenty, none in Lakes.
Nine new cases of Covid-19 were announced in the Bay of Plenty District Health Board region and none in the Lakes area on Tuesday.
The total cases for Bay of Plenty is 57 while Lakes remains at 26, including three who have recovered.
There are 134 new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand and 89 people in hospital, including one in Rotorua Hospital.
Of the Bay of Plenty cases, one is in the Whakatāne district, three are in Tauranga city, and five are in the wider Western Bay of Plenty.
All are close contacts of previously reported cases and were already isolating at home when they tested positive.
The Ministry of Health said the spread of Covid-19 in the Bay of Plenty is another reminder to get tested if you're feeling unwell and get your first and second dose of the vaccine if you haven't already.
Only 19 per cent of those being treated in hospital were fully vaccinated.
So far 86 per cent of eligible people in New Zealand are fully vaccinated and 92 per cent have had their first dose.
New cases of Covid-19 have emerged at the top of the South Island with the country just days from moving into the new traffic light system.
And the Prime Minister was heckled yesterday by anti-vaccine mandate protesters who tried to drown her out at a Waikato sod-turning event with chants or "liar, liar, pants on fire".
Rotorua student tests positive
A Rotorua Boys' High School student has tested positive for Covid-19, however the principal says he has not been at school since being exposed to the virus.
The exposure event took place in the evening of November 18 at a location away from Rotorua, principal Chris Grinter said.
"The positive test result came in last Tuesday and the boy in question has not been in school since the exposure."
He said the Ministry of Health were satisfied the school could remain open.
A letter sent to parents and caregivers on November 25 by principal Chris Grinter states: "I need to advise that one of our students last Thursday night was exposed to a Covid infected person and yesterday tested positive himself.
"The matter has been referred to the Ministry of Education and I have since been advised that the Director of Health is satisfied that no further action is required by the school given the student has not been back to school in the interim."
Grinter said in the letter the student was at home and would not return until he was cleared to do so by both the health officials and the school.
Locations of interest:
Nov 30 update:
Millennium Hotel Rotorua. Tuesday 23 November - 10am - 11:59pm. Wednesday 24 November - 12am - 11pm. Thursday 25 November12am - 10am.
Skyline Rotorua. Wednesday 24 November - 11:04am - 12:30pm.
Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days after you were exposed at this location of interest. If symptoms develop, get a test and stay at home until you get a negative test result and until 24 hours after symptoms resolve.
Tauranga and Western Bay
• The Martial Arts Academy Papamoa. Nov 22. 3.45pm-5.30pm.
•Farmers Bayfair on November 22 from 4.27pm to 6pm
•Papamoa Plaza on November 22 from 5.18pm to 6.40pm
•Kmart Bethlehem on November 20 from 10.45am to 11.20am
•Mount Maunganui Toy Library Incorporated on November 20 from 10.05am to 11.20am
•BP Bethlehem on November 20 from 10.14am to 12.15pm
•Papamoa Sports and Recreation Centre on November 23 and 24 from 2.45pm to 6.30pm and from 2.45pm to 5.30pm.
•Gull Te Puke on November 26 from 8.30am to 9.30am.
• Warehouse Fraser Cove, Tauranga, on November 19 from 10.15am to 12pm.
• Paengaroa Liquor Store on November 19 from 6.30pm to 7.40pm.
Rotorua and Taupō
• Millennium Hotel Rotorua. Tuesday 23 November - 10am - 11:59pm. Wednesday 24 November - 12am - 11pm. Thursday 25 November12am - 10am.
• Skyline Rotorua. Wednesday 24 November - 11:04am - 12:30pm.
•Gull Lake Road Koutu, Rotorua, on November 20 from 7.00am to 8.20am
•Lake Taupo Holiday Resort on November 22 from 10am to 2.30pm.
• Dixie Browns Taupō on November 22 from 8.30am to 11am.
• McDonalds Te Ngae on November 19 from 7am to 8.20am.
• Gold Star Bakery Patrick's Pies Mangakakahi on November 18, from 6.03am to 7.28am
Whakatane Hospital Emergency Department. Sunday November 21 -2pm - 6.15pm.
Self-isolate, test immediately and on day 5 after you were exposed at this location of interest. Further isolation and testing requirements will be provided by Public Health.
Record your visit online or call Healthline so our contact tracers can get in touch.
The ministry said anyone who was at one of these locations should self-isolate and test immediately then again on day 5 after they were exposed at this location of interest. Further isolation and testing requirements will be provided by Public Health.