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The Ministry of Health says 20 people in Hawke’s Bay are self-isolating after being identified as being contacts of current COVID-19 cases.

A map highlighting the current outbreak of the Delta variant of COVID showed there were people isolating in the region.

None of those isolating has returned a positive test, according to the Ministry of Health.


With COVID 19 restrictions forcing the cancellation of community drop-in sessions over the Governments Three Waters Reform proposals, the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council will hold an online session later today.

Mayor Alex Walker and District Councillors will outline the proposals, and garner feedback from the community.

Those wanting to take part can do so by messaging the Council Facebook page or emailing

The online session will begin at 4.30 this afternoon.


Two local essential businesses have made roster changes in case a COVID-19 case enters one of their stores.

New World Waipukurau’s Gerard Kennedy said they have pretty much split the store in half, and much of the team won’t see each other during the restrictions.

He said anyone on the floor when a COVID-case comes in will have to stay home and isolate.

Mr Kennedy said its been quite a logistical exercise, but his staff have been very accommodating, which made it easier.

Unichem Pharmacy in Waipukurau has also split its teams into two – with half working from 7am until midday, and the other from midday until close.

Owner Charles Nairn said there was a concern that of there was an exposure to COVID-19, anyone on the premises would have to self-isolate or return two negative tests.

He said it is going to be difficult, but said his team understood the need for the changes.

The changes will stay in place during Levels 4 and 3.