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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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Canterbury DHB makes changes to visiting as cases of respiratory illness rise in community

Following an increase in viral respiratory illness being seen in the community, Canterbury DHB has made changes to visiting for Christchurch and Burwood Hospitals today – effective immediately.

Canterbury DHB Chief Medical Officer Dr Helen Skinner says there is currently increased demand for the DHB’s hospital-based services due to a rise in patients presenting with respiratory illness and we need to do whatever we can to prevent the spread of illness in our facilities.

“For that reason, we are requesting that people only visit Christchurch and Burwood Hospitals for essential purposes only and stay home if they are unwell.
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Pool complex is closed

Due to the water temperature issue Council wishes to advise that the Maurie Kjar Memorial Swimming Pool Complex will be temporarily closed.
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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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Snowfall Warning: Napier-Taupo Road

Winter driving conditions overnight and tomorrow morning on the Napier-Taupo Road, as snow showers may affect the summit of the road during Tuesday morning, with up to 1cm of snow forecast to settle near the summit during this time.
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DOC calls for information following a spike in wildlife attacks

A native parrot has been shot and killed in the latest in a series of incidents in Auckland involving protected wildlife.
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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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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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