Hilltop Dairy in Red Beach has undergone a thorough clean, and its owners, the Patel family, have returned negative Covid-19 tests after the dairy was named a contact tracing location of interest by the Ministry of Health last Friday afternoon.
The dairy is open and co-owner, Briti Patel, says she and her husband are very grateful for the support of all their customers.
Anyone who visited the dairy on Wednesday, September 29 between 6.30pm and 7.35pm is asked to self-monitor for Covid-19 symptoms for 14 days after that visit. If symptoms develop, get a test and stay at home until you have a negative result, and until 24 hours after any symptoms resolve.
Red Beach was named a suburb of interest last week, due to a household of three people in the area testing positive. The Ministry advised today that Red Beach is still a location of interest.
Hibiscus Matters has been repeatedly asking for more information about whether the dairy’s status as a location of interest is related to the Red Beach cases. Today a Ministry spokesperson advised that at present that is not known, as it is still being investigated.
We have also been seeking test results (including whether there are any positives) from the Orewa pop up testing site ever since it began operating, on October 5.
So far that information has not been made available, although a total of 2400 tests have been completed – including at the pop up, local GPs and other clinics. Once we are advised of any further information, we will update the community.
The Ministry thanks Red Beach residents for their cooperation and says anyone in the suburb, with or without symptoms, should still get tested “to provide a level of assurance that there is no undetected spread of Covid-19 in the community”.