Last Saturday, we announced that a Carterton District Council staff member was a confirmed case of COVID-19.
We are delighted to now be able to tell you that all close contacts from the staff member’s social group, both locally
and in the Kāpiti area, have all received negative test results, meaning they are cleared of having COVID-19. As a
precaution, nine members of Carterton District Council who were identified as casual contacts have also been tested for
COVID-19. While awaiting results, these staff members all self-isolated and followed Public Health guidelines. All nine
staff members’ test results have also come back negative. Furthermore, Public Health has now cleared the affected
individual, who is now subject to the same isolation rules as any other New Zealander under Alert level 4.
This has been a very difficult and stressful time for all individuals involved. There were no obvious links established
to overseas travel relating to the affected staff member and therefore, self-isolation only became necessary once they
became symptomatic. This person did everything right and went into self-isolation as soon as they started to show
symptoms, including not coming into work. Any speculation to the contrary has been damaging to the community’s sense of
calm and accurate access to information, and to the staff member’s well-being.
It has also been a period of anxiety, not just for the affected staff member, but for any staff and close contacts who
were awaiting test results.
We encourage people to be kind to one another and only go to reputable sources for information. That is, the Ministry of
Health or Government’s COVID-19 website: www.covid19.govt.nz
, www.cdc.govt.nz/covid19 and the COVID-19 Wairarapa Updates Facebook page.
Meanwhile, our council staff have been working from home to keep essential services running and will continue to bring
you updates via our Facebook page and website. Some of our staff have been helping the Medical Centre with traffic
control and we have a number of people helping at the Wairarapa Emergency Management Office (EOC). We are extremely
proud of all our staff, whether they are at home isolating or out performing permitted essential duties.
Our staff member affected by COVID-19 wishes to make the following statement:
“Although I’ve been cleared by Public Health, I will continue to do everything I can to help protect my community and
follow the isolation rules under the current alert level.
“I really want people to please be kind to everyone. Being stuck on your own is really difficult. Please keep in touch
with your neighbours over the fence and keep a safe distance.
“This has been a really difficult time for me. My workmates and 99% of people out there have been really supportive but
some have been really harsh on social media and I just want to remind people to please be kind to everyone.”