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Covid-19: Three more community cases in Taupō, strip club and bars places of interest

Stratford covid testing station, Covid-19, Covid testing, Taranaki. Pictured is Kaima'i of Ngaruahine

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Stratford covid testing station, Covid-19, Covid testing, Taranaki. Pictured is Kaima’i of Ngaruahine

The owner of a Taupō strip club given as a seven-hour location of interest says the Covid case who visited isn’t a worker.

Sin City Taupō co-owner Kim Thompson said she’s worried for the safety of her workers and dancers after the close scare.

“I wish it wasn’t my business. It’s a horrible thing for anyone to go through,” she said.

Thompson said most of her staff, including the dancers, are double vaccinated.

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She said the bar isn’t currently open and over the next few days Thompson and her business partners would be conducting a deep clean and figuring out where to from here.

Sin City Taupō co-owner Kim Thompson said she’s worried for the safety of her workers and dancers after the close scare. (File photo)

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Sin City Taupō co-owner Kim Thompson said she’s worried for the safety of her workers and dancers after the close scare. (File photo)

Three new Covid cases have been confirmed in Taupō by the Ministry of Health, bringing the total to four.

The ministry confirmed positive results for two household contacts of the Taupō case announced earlier on Saturday.

They also confirmed another positive result in Taupō, a close contact of the case.

Two other household contacts of the case have tested negative.

Taupō District Mayor David Trewavas was advised by the Ministry of Health late last night there was a positive case in the community.

“It’s hit our town, it’s become real and for those who aren’t vaccinated, please, I urge you to act and protect yourself,” Trewavas told Stuff.

“We always knew it was going to happen, but we hoped and prayed it wouldn’t.”

There are eight locations of interest set to be announced by the Ministry tonight.

Dixie Browns restaurant will close for two weeks after a customer tested positive. A Facebook post on Saturday night advised those who were dining between 6.15pm and 9.30pm on Friday night to get tested and to contact the ministry.

The ministry also announced wastewater detection of the virus in Tauranga and Mt Maunganui.



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