As of 9am this morning a total of 3584 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the Cook Islands. Of this number 2890 have recovered and 694 remain active, with 52 of these on Aitutaki, the balance (642) on Rarotonga.
This long weekend the Health Clinics will be operating on reduced hours. They will all be open from 8am to 12 noon Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, resuming to normal operating hours on Tuesday.
In response to queries regarding Pa Enua travel. Travel is resuming, taking a staged approach. At this stage travel to Atiu will resume on Monday 18th April. The Northern Groups islands of Manihiki, Rakahanga and Penryn will begin on Monday 25th April. Travel to Pukapuka, Mitiaro, Mauke and Mangaia will likely resume on 1 May.
A 7-day standdown in Rarotonga remains in place for any fully vaccinated people travelling from New Zealand or further abroad and pre-departure RAT tests in Rarotonga also remain in place.
A reminder that Te Marae Ora will be offering all eligible 16- and 17-year olds on Rarotonga and Aitutaki the opportunity to get their third/booster shot in the coming week.
To be eligible these teens must have had their second dose at least 6 months ago.
Te Marae Ora is checking their records and will be contacting all those who are eligible this week. However, if you are aware of any 16- and 17-year old’s who have had their first and/or second dose in New Zealand or elsewhere at least 6 months ago please encourage them to come along for their third/booster dose.
The vaccination clinic will be set up at the National Auditorium in Rarotonga this Saturday (16 April) from 8am to 4pm.
On Tuesday (19th April) the Vaccination Team will be operating out of Aitutaki Hospital between from 8am to 4pm.
Te Marae Ora will be extending the roll-out to include anyone 12 years and over who wishes to continue or begin their COVID-19 vaccinations, that is, doses 1, 2 and the booster (3rd) dose will be available at the locations and times stated above.