COVID-19 Communication

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Tuatahi, ki ō tātou hoa mahi kua pāngia nei e te mate Korona, tēnei ka tuku karakia kia piki te kaha, te ora hoki ki runga i a rāua otirā ki a rātou e māuiuitia ana i tēnei wā.

E ai ki a Simon Everitt te Tumuaki Taupua o Te Hauora a Toi kia noho mataara tonu tātou!  Ahakoa te taumaha o te kaupapa nei, kia kaha, kia māia!

Kei i a tātou ngā rautaki, te tikanga me ngā tūkanga ki te tiaki, ki te manaaki i a tātou anō.

Kia mau ki ngā kōrero tuku iho ā ō tātou tīpuna ‘kaua te mate wheke engari me mate mango-ururoa’

Our thoughts go out to our staff members and patient who are now facing recovery from COVID-19. We also offer our support to their whānau who will be concerned and worried for their loved ones.

Tuesday, 21st April 2020

MEDIA ADVISORY:  Update on COVID-19 cases Bay of Plenty District Health Board 

The health, welfare and wellbeing of our staff and patients remain our highest priority as we continue to work together to eliminate COVID-19. Two Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) employees and one patient have tested positive for COVID-19 during the weekend.

One of the staff members who tested positive works for Adult Mental Health and Addiction Services and has been in isolation for two weeks as a result of contact tracing two weeks ago, and remains in self isolation.

The second staff member works in Te Whare Maiangiangi, the adult mental health ward at Tauranga Hospital. In addition, a current patient in the ward yesterday also tested positive for COVID-19.

Both staff members are in quarantine and are being supported by family and the DHB. The patient who tested positive is in isolation in the Te Whare Maiangiangi ward and is being cared for by ward staff, who are in appropriate PPE, and all steps are being taken to ensure the safety of staff, patients and their families.

All staff members and patients who have been in contact with the three confirmed cases are being followed up and have either been tested and are awaiting lab test results or are in the process of being tested.

We are confident that our staff were scrupulous in following the guidelines and that they did everything possible to keep themselves and others safe.

Our focus is on identifying and testing all close contacts and preventing the spread of further infection from this outbreak.

We are working with our colleagues at Toi Te Ora Public Health, the Ministry of Health and other relevant agencies to identify all close contacts of these confirmed cases. These contacts, whether they are symptomatic or not, will be advised to go to a Community Based Assessment Centre (CBAC) for testing.

The Te Whare Maiangiangi ward has been closed to new admissions, and we are working with Whakatāne Hospital and Lakes District Health Board to continue to provide care for our patients.
Staff are continuing to use appropriate PPE as recommended by Ministry of Health guidelines.

Simon Everitt
Interim CEO
Bay of Plenty DHB

BOP and Lakes DHBs have created a new website to help address any COVID-19 questions. The website has the latest health updates relating to COVID-19, plus answers to frequently asked questions. You can find it at:

Enquiries to the BOP HEALTH COVID-19 response team can be emailed to:

For more details contact:

Māori Health Gains and Development
Graham Cameron
Pou Tikanga
Mobile: 027 270 5303

James Fuller
Communications Advisor – Bay of Plenty District Health Board
DDI: 07 579 8411
Mobile: 027 839 1791
Fax: 07 577 9195