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RSV update – Hutt Valley and Wellington regions

RSV update: Hutt Valley and Wellington regions – 14 July 2021. RSV information – including patient numbers, visiting restrictions, and other information – will be publicly available on this page as required. Please check this page for updates going forward.

Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley DHBs continue to see increasing numbers of people presenting with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and respiratory-type illnesses.

There are 33 children of different ages and with varying levels of unwellness with RSV and respiratory-type illnesses currently at Wellington Regional Hospital. Of these, seven are currently in the Wellington ICU. Hutt Hospital currently has 18 children with RSV or respiratory-type illness.

These numbers are continually changing as patients are discharged and others admitted.
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Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection is a common virus. In many cases the symptoms are similar to a cold and can be treated at home. However, some young children become seriously ill and need hospital care.

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Ministry statement on ransomware attack

We advise anyone that believes they may have Kaseya VSA software installed to contact their IT provider in the first instance and undertake the recommended mitigation as per the CERT NZ advisory.
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Protecting tamariki the priority as Kidz First changes visitor policy

Due to a sudden increase in admissions of children to hospital and the risk of spreading viruses across our community, our Kidz First visitor policy has changed.

The policy change will see only parents and primary caregivers able to visit those children admitted to hospital. No other visitors, including siblings will be permitted.

Dr Vanessa Thornton, Director of Hospital Services, says the change to the policy is not a decision that was made lightly but is in the best interest of the tamariki in our care and in the community.

“The recent respiratory viruses that are now prevalent in our community are showing to be highly contagious, particularly among children.
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Wellington to return to Level 1; QFT pause with Australia to lift for some states and ACT from Sunday

As Wellington prepares to return to Alert Level 1 tonight, people in the region are urged to remain vigilant and should get tested if they are felling unwell or were at a location of interest, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today.
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Quarantine Free Travel with Australia paused for 72 hours

Quarantine Free Travel from all Australian states and territories will be paused from 10.30pm (NZT) tonight until 11.59pm (NZT) on Tuesday 29 June, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has announced.
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Alert Level 2 in Wellington extended by 2 days

Alert Level 2 measures for Wellington, Wairarapa and Kāpiti Coast to the north of Ōtaki have been extended by 48 hours to 11.59pm on Tuesday 29 June, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says.
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Wellingtonians and visitors urged to check locations of interest

The first 6 locations of interest in Wellington visited by an Australian traveller from Sydney have been published on the Ministry of Health website.

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Home phone technology and calling 111

If the power goes out and there is an emergency, will you or your loved ones be able to contact 111? Most modern home phones require power to work. It’s important that you know what technology your home phone uses and that you also check your family and friends understand this and are prepared.
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Australian traveller tests positive for COVID-19

A traveller from Sydney, who visited Wellington from Saturday 19 June until Monday 21 June, has tested positive for COVID-19 upon their return to Australia.

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