Community Update 29 March 2020

We hope everyone’s doing well with the Level 4 Alert shutdown, and keeping those bubbles safe so we can break the chain of virus transmission. Remember: no in person visitors or going visiting. You also may not shuttle between a beach house and a residence elsewhere.

9 people are in hospital, but sadly the country’s first death from Covid-19 was reported today; the stakes are so high for all of us. The good news is that 56 have recovered so far.

20–29 year olds are being hard hit.

Graph showing 20-29 year olds have a high number of cases.

Council rubbish collection will happen as usual tomorrow but recycling will not be collected. Please keep the recycling on your own property, not out on the kerb. The Horowhenua District Council has information on all available services.

It’s been a delight to stroll or bike along the empty streets, while the lack of vehicles has added to the quiet around the place.

Two Facebook Groups have been busy with people socialising or helping out neighbours: the Waikawa Beach group and a new group for folks near Reay Mackay Grove.

If you notice people around you breaking their bubble maybe remind them quietly how important it is we all play our part. If you see someone flouting the restrictions though, Police have a form for reporting breaches.

Other handy info has come from MSD:

  • Countdown and New World online shopping web sites.
  • COVID-19 Healthline 0800 358 5453
  • If you are feeling anxious or just need someone to talk to call or text 1737

The WBRA has cancelled its Easter and Queen’s Birthday Committee meetings and the planned hard rubbish collection.

The Hank Edwards Reserve toilet block has been locked and don’t let kids play on the seesaw in the playground because the handles could transmit the virus.

The Coastguard has asked people not to go out in boats or to do other activities such as surfing (or presumably kitesurfing). If you get into trouble you’ll be creating a problem for the emergency services that would normally be involved in a rescue.

Summer Water Quality sampling has ended early. It’s pleasing to see the river status was green for almost half the time. Since 12 November 2019: 9 green, 6 orange, 5 red.

In other news: Daylight Saving ends on 5 April 2020.

One thought on “Community Update 29 March 2020”

  1. Plse encourage people to use Covid.govt.nz. And save the Heath line phone number for those most vulnerable / in greatest need plse 🤓

    Usual residence: Waikawa

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