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The number of active COVID-19 cases in the region has moved to six.

Yesterday the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board confirmed a further two COVID-19 positive tests had been returned for Hastings residents. , plus two confirmed cases announced by HBDB 20th January 

Both cases are linked to locations of interest previously reported at Tu Step Fitness Class at the Ascende Global Church in Hastings.

Hawke’s Bay DHB Medical Officer of Health Dr Rachel Eyre said the cases had been isolating and had appropriate health and welfare supports in place.

She said public health officials were continuing investigations, and once again urged people with cold or flu symptoms to get tested for COVID-19.

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Testing centres remain open this week for those requiring a COVID-19 test.

No-appointment, drive-through testing is being done behind the Central Hawke’s Bay Health Centre between 9am and 4pm today and tomorrow.

The Takapau Health Centre is also taking bookings for tests tomorrow between 11.30am and midday.  The contact number there is 855 8376.

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Animation Research founder and owner, Sir Ian Taylor, will be one the keynote speakers at next months East Coast Farming Expo.

Sir Ian, who hails from Raupunga in Northern Hawke’s Bay, will talk on the effect of COVID on our blue planet, and how to set Aotearoa back on track for a sustainable future.

Being held in Wairoa on the 23rd and 24th of February, the East Coast Farming Expo features a number of guest speakers, as well as interactive exhibits and seminars.

Farmers will be able to interact face-to-face with industry innovators and experts.

Full details and tickets are available at www.eastcoastexpo.co.nz.