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West Coast Covid-19 cases update - 18 April 2022

Need to take a COVID-19 test?

Rapid antigen tests (RATs) can be ordered and then collected by:

- people with COVID-19 symptoms or who are a household contact

- critical workers who are household contacts

Health warning lifted for Okawa Bay and Lake Rotoiti - Toi Te Ora Public Health

Health warnings issued for Okawa Bay and Lake Rotoiti in December have now been lifted by the local Medical Officer of Health.

Visual observations and satellite imagery provided by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council confirm that algal blooms in these areas have subsided.

Masks continue to protect hospital patients, staff - Bay of Plenty DHB

To protect vulnerable patients and staff, local hospitals will continue to screen people for COVID-19 and require the use of masks under the orange traffic-light setting.

Rural communities again "left in the wilderness" by Pae Ora Healthy Futures Bill

The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network (the Network) is appalled that rural communities have been "left in the wilderness" by the Pae Ora Healthy Futures Bill, which was recommended by the Select Committee to Parliament for a second reading today.

NZNO says proposed Pay Equity settlement contrary to Equal Pay Act

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation, Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa (NZNO) says a legal review of the recently proposed Nursing Pay Equity settlement has concluded the proposed settlement is contrary to the Equal Pay Act 1972.

ProCare Fresh Minds disappointed, but not surprised by Consumer NZ findings

Tāmaki Makaurau’s primary mental health and wellbeing service, ProCare Fresh Minds, is disappointed by the findings of the Consumer NZ mystery shop of insurance companies, with all health insurance policies looked at, including blanket exclusions for mental illness.

Healthcare information for the Easter weekend - Canterbury and West Coast DHBs

Dr Helen Skinner, ECC Incident Controller, Canterbury DHB, is urging people to continue to test themselves for COVID-19 over the weekend if they have symptoms.

Cantabrians develop relationships and sexuality educational app for NZ youth

A mobile app providing sex, sexuality, relationship, gender, and identity education for young Kiwis, aged 13 to 24, is under development at the University of Canterbury.

'Some impact to cancer diagnosis and treatment at start of Omicron outbreak'

There was some impact to cancer services during January and February, according to the latest monitoring report by Te Aho o Te Kahu, the Cancer Control Agency.

Engineers to 'drive better outcomes for cannabis patients'

New Zealand’s largest medicinal cannabis company, Helius Therapeutics, has launched an industry collaboration with the University of Canterbury’s Engineering Faculty.