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There were eight new COVID-19 cases in Hawke’s Bay yesterday.

Yesterday’s cases, which included four students from Te Mata Primary School, brough the number of cases reported in the region to 42.

Hawke’s Bay DHB Medical Officer of Health, Dr Nick Jones, said with case numbers rising in our community, it’s very important people follow public health advice and isolate until they receive a negative test result, and for anyone who had cold and flu like symptoms, no matter how mild, to get tested.

Dr Jones said vaccination was the best defence against COVID-19 for both adults and children.

Walk-in vaccinations are available today at the Coronation Park Waipawa clinic, and from the Mobile Vaccination Van, which will be in the New World Waipukurau carpark from 11am to 2pm.

Testing is running weekdays 9am – 4pm at the CHB Health Centre Testing Site, and on Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 1.30pm.

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Further heavy rain is expected for Hawke’s Bay this coming weekend.

Yesterday the Metservice said rainfall in Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne and the North Island central high country could reach warning amounts on both Saturday and Sunday.

The heaviest rain is expected Sunday.

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Tararua District Council will continue with its Super Consultation Expo events this week.

The events are a chance for the public to hear more about the Council’s District Strategy, Play Active Recreation and Sport strategy, as well as a Water Suppy Bylaw.

This weeks Expo’s :

Norsewood War Memorial Hall

Thursday 10 February, 9:30am to 11:30am

Pongaroa War Memorial Hall

Thursday 10 February, 2pm to 4pm