Coronavirus: ‘Shock and disappointment’ on the West Coast following New Zealand’s first coronavirus dying

Shock and disappointment.

That has been the response from West Coast residents to information that the primary particular person to die from coronavirus in New Zealand did so in Gray Base Hospital, Greymouth.

“Clearly this can be a huge shock to our small neighborhood at this time, and our area of Westland and Buller,” Gray District Mayor Tania Gibson stated.

“Our ideas are with the household, however they want privateness and so they want respect. However positively I do know our neighborhood will probably be grieving with them, and actually all their ideas will probably be with them.”

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The girl in her 70s died on Sunday morning. She had initially been identified with influenza that was difficult by an underlying well being situation, however examined optimistic for Covid-19 on Saturday morning*. The 21 workers who handled her are self-isolating.

The girl was one among three instances of Covid-19 confirmed on the West Coast thus far. Ministry of Well being director-general of well being Dr Ashley Bloomfield stated on Sunday there was now 514 confirmed and possible instances nationwide.

A woman in her 70s has died from coronavirus in Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth. She is the first person in New Zealand to died after becoming infected by the virus.


A girl in her 70s has died from coronavirus in Gray Base Hospital, Greymouth. She is the primary particular person in New Zealand to died after turning into contaminated by the virus.

After having so few instances, Gibson stated: “For us to have the primary case like this in New Zealand is a shock to our neighborhood. They’re very saddened.”

Gibson stated information of the dying drove dwelling the message that folks wanted to stay to their bubble and keep dwelling to interrupt the chain of transmission. She had heard of individuals not abiding by the principles, however stated that wanted to cease.

“Now it is vitally actual in our neighborhood,” she stated. “We’re nonetheless reiterating the message that we’re in the perfect place on the earth to trip this out, and it’s unlucky however we do want to stay robust and calm.”

West Coast District Well being Board (WCDHB) chief govt David Meates stated well being board workers expressed their deepest sympathies to the household.

Grey District Mayor Tania Gibson says the West Coast community is saddened and shocked by the death.


Gray District Mayor Tania Gibson says the West Coast neighborhood is saddened and shocked by the dying.

“Employees adopted protocols and procedures and did the whole lot they might to assist this affected person, and to guard themselves,” he stated.

The girl had been admitted to hospital on Wednesday. Employees who first assessed her have been in full private protecting gear (PPE), Meates stated, nonetheless as a result of she didn’t initially meet the case definition for Covid-19 they eliminated their eye safety.

By Thursday evening, Meates stated the girl met the case definition and workers began carrying eye safety once more whereas ready for check outcomes which got here via on Saturday morning. The 21 workers who got here into contact together with her had been positioned in self-isolation.


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Members of the family who visited the girl in hospital would even be monitored in self-isolation for the following 14 days. Throughout a press convention on Sunday, Bloomfield stated the case had a hyperlink to abroad journey however well being authorities weren’t but sure how the girl got here to be contaminated.

Meates stated the WCDHB had sufficient workers to cowl the quantity self-isolating at current, nonetheless the well being board was working with the Canterbury DHB and the Ministry of Well being to fill some key roles.

A medical worker wearing personal protective equipment in New Plymouth. Staff in Greymouth removed their eye protection because they didn't initially think the woman met the case definition for Covid-19.


A medical employee carrying private protecting gear in New Plymouth. Employees in Greymouth eliminated their eye safety as a result of they did not initially suppose the girl met the case definition for Covid-19.

Gray Base Hospital had 5 ventilators, and an isolation unit had been set as much as look after Covid-19 sufferers. Meates stated the girl was not positioned on a ventilator, a machine which helps folks breathe. He didn’t say if she was positioned within the isolation unit.

Whereas everyone seems to be prone to Covid-19, older folks and folks with underlying well being situations have a higher probability of growing severe sickness.

*this text has been up to date. Ministry of Well being director-general of well being Dr Ashley Bloomfield had stated the girl examined optimistic on Friday. Her check outcomes have been confirmed on Saturday.