Tauranga polo event attended by suspected Omicron cases

The Department of Health said suspected cases of Omicron were among a large number of people who attended a polo event at Tauranga’s Trustpower Baypark stadium on Saturday.

One of Canada Express News Te Ora Public Health’s main concerns is exposure during the polo event held at Trustpower Baypark Stadium between 1-6:15 p.m. on Saturday, January 22.

Ministry advice for those who were at the event includes:

  • Anyone who was at the bar during this time is a close contact and is asked to self-isolate and get tested immediately.
  • Anyone who was at the stadium at the time but not at the bar is a casual contact and should self-monitor for symptoms of Covid-19 for 10 days after exposure. If symptoms appear, get tested and stay home until you test negative.

Today nine new cases of Covid-19 were reported in the Bay of Plenty – including three cases first announced yesterday, all linked to a childcare center in Tauranga.

Five more cases are now linked to this children’s center and all eight are being treated as Omicron, given their links to confirmed Omicron cases.

The ninth case is in the western Bay of Plenty and is still being investigated for links to earlier cases. The department is also investigating another case in this area.

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