Te Rūnanga Ā Iwi Ō Ngāpuhi interim CEO Sam Napia started his new role on 3 August and was only on site for little more than a week before being tested for Covid-19.
Sam had been in Tāmaki Makaurau for hui for a couple of days before the Pirimia’s announcement on Tuesday 11 August that Covid-19 had been detected in Auckland. With Tāmaki going back into alert level 3 the following day, the Ministry of Health asked anyone who had visited the rohe within the previous seven days to get a test as soon as possible. Sam went to the Community Based Assessment Centre (CBAC) in Kaikohe on Wednesday, and was told to go home to work for seven days or until he received a negative result.
Sam described the test as uncomfortable but not painful. He said; “It made my eyes water a little but straight after the test, there was no more discomfort! The swabber (Karmelia Briggs from Te Hau Ora O Ngāpuhi) was very good, describing throughout what she was doing and what to expect. Her calm manner before and during the procedure certainly helped.”
In case you’re wondering, Sam’s test result has come back negative.
*** If you were in Tāmaki Makaurau during the 7 days prior to 11 August, or you have any of the following symptoms, please go and get a test and then follow the instructions given to you by the CBAC staff. The Kaikohe CBAC is open 9am-2pm, 7 days a week until further notice. It is located at the old Kaikohe RSA.
– runny nose
– sore throat
– shortness of breath
– loss of smell.
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