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Palmerston North Covid-19 case confirmed by cricket club

A club cricketer in Palmerston North has tested positive for Covid-19. He attended training at this facility on Tuesday night, and felt unwell on Wednesday.

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A club cricketer in Palmerston North has tested positive for Covid-19. He attended training at this facility on Tuesday night, and felt unwell on Wednesday.

Covid-19 has spread to Palmerston North after a member of the cricket community tested positive for the virus.

United Cricket Club chairman Paul Hofmann​ confirmed to Stuff on Thursday one of the club’s players had tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday night.

The player had tested negative on Monday and went to club training at the Manawatū Cricket Association’s indoor training facility on Tuesday night, then felt unwell on Wednesday, had another test and it came back positive, Hofmann said.

“He started feeling unwell on Wednesday and thought it would be prudent to go out and get another test which was really sensible. As soon as he got that result he informed us.”

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Manawatū Cricket Association’s indoor training facility on Park Road in Palmerston North.

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Manawatū Cricket Association’s indoor training facility on Park Road in Palmerston North.

Hoffman said the infected player, who was isolating home, wasn’t feeling too unwell on Thursday, his symptoms were similar to having a cold.

The club has been in contact with the Ministry of Health and players from its three men’s teams who were at training on Tuesday were now self-isolating and were notifying anyone they have been in contact with.

United’s women’s team wasn’t affected.

The player had used the Covid-19 tracer app and was at the training centre from 5.30pm to 7.10pm on Tuesday.

Hofmann believed all the club members were vaccinated.

A spokesman for the ministry said it reported confirmed cases each day at its 1pm announcement. Locations of interest were added to the ministry’s website when identified.

The MidCentral District Health Board has been contacted for comment.

The Manawatū Cricket Association also confirmed the case on its Facebook page and advised anyone who was at the centre at the same time to seek advice from the Ministry of Health on 0800 358 5453.

The indoor centre was closed on Thursday for a deep clean and the association hoped it would reopen by 3pm.

To err on the side of caution the association has postponed all its school visits for the rest of the week. All association staff are fully vaccinated.

It is likely all of United’s men’s games will be postponed this weekend. There were no fixtures last weekend due to bad weather.

Manawatū Cricket Association chairwoman Carla na Nagara said it was unrealistic to think the cricket community was special and wouldn’t be affected.

“But our priority is for people to focus on the correct information and not false information or rumours. Follow Ministry of Health advice and this shows the importance of getting vaccinated.”

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces Aucklanders will be free to leave the city from December 15 if they are vaccinated or have a negative test.

The case comes days after two Covid-19 cases were confirmed in neighbouring Tararua on Sunday, where two people from Woodville tested positive.

That sparked an uptake in tests. Of the people in Woodville, 72.4 per cent are fully vaccinated, an increase of 4.9 per cent from last week.

As of Wednesday, 80 per cent of the eligible population in the MidCentral Health district were fully vaccinated, and 90 per cent had received the first dose.

The last time a positive Covid-19 case came to Palmerston North, it was a truck driver from Auckland on October 8. The truck driver was taken to hospital to self-isolate, and no other community cases emerged.

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