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Central Hawke’s Bay has reported its first positive case of COVID-19.

The case was confirmed yesterday by both the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council and the Hawke’s Bay DHB.

Mayor Alex Walker said we have known that it was only a matter of time until a case of COVID-19 emerged in Central Hawke’s Bay.

She said while a positive case has been expected, it is natural for the community to feel anxious with the news, particularly as CHB has not had a case of COVID-19 detected in the community previously.

Ms Walker said the person did the right thing by going out and getting tested, enabling heath authorities to take action quickly.

There are currently no locations of interest for Central Hawke’s Bay.

Hawke's Bay District Health Board spokesperson, Anna Kirk, said the case was included with the 15 cases reported for Hawke's Bay last weekend.

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Meanwhile Hawke’s Bay recorded five new cases of COVID-19 yesterday.

Medical Officer of Health Dr Nick Jones said he could not stress enough the importance of isolating and getting tested if anyone had cold or flu like symptoms, no matter how mild.

He said vaccination and getting a booster remains the best protection from COVID-19 and protecting the more vulnerable in our community.

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With the news of a positive case locally, anyone with cold or flu like symptoms can get a test at the Takapau Health Centre by calling 855 8376.

People can also call the testing centre at the CHB Health Centre on 0800 858 672, with tests available Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm, and on Saturday’s and Sunday’s between 11am and 1.30pm.

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Water restrictions have been removed for Central Hawke’s Bay.

Level 2 restrictions were put in place prior to Waitangi Weekend, however the amount of rain in the district over the past two weeks prompted the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council to remove the restrictions.

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The Tararua District Council yesterday lifted a Mandatory Boil Water notice for the Akitio settlement.

The Council issued the notice last Wednesday following a positive E.coli test in the Akitio supply.