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Covid-19 Alert Level update

28 October 2020


All New Zealand at Alert Level 1


Whanganui, along with the rest of New Zealand, is at Alert Level 1. 


Despite being at Alert Level 1, it is important to remain vigilant to this dangerous virus and to maintain good hygiene practices -- thorough hand washing and coughing and sneezing into the crook of your elbow.


It is also a good safety measure to maintain physical distancing, especially when out in public and in crowded places.


We all need to stay alert and all play our part – most importantly, if you are unwell, stay home, and seek advice on getting a Covid-19 test.



Download the NZ COVID Tracer app and scan QR codes wherever you go. This will help us trace people's movements in case of another community case and quickly close it down.
Any future cases need to be quickly identified, and their contacts isolated and tested, to avoid the virus spreading unimpeded in our communities.  
Please help people keep track of where they’ve been by using the NZ COVID Tracer app and scanning QR Code posters.


Get your QR code  



Face coverings at Alert Level 1 


At Alert Level 1, you do not need to wear face coverings because there is no evidence of community transmission of Covid-19.


We recommend being prepared by having a supply of face coverings for everyone who usually lives in your household. Add some to your household emergency kit.


And people are encouraged to wear a face mask when using public transport.


Where to get information 


The latest information can be found on www.covid19.govt.nz or the Unite Against Covid social media channels and on the Ministry of Health website


Local information for people in Whanganui, Rangitikei and South Ruapehu is available on this website, the WDHB Facebook page, your local council social media pages and the Civil Defence Manawatū-Whanganui page.




Read our media releases about Covid-19 or visit our Facebook page for more information. 



Testing for Covid-19


If you have flu-like symptoms, a cough, fever, runny nose, shortness of breath, loss of sense of smell, you need to be assessed at the community-based assessment centre (CBAC) at Whanganui Hospital, 100 Heads Road (open 8am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday), or by phoning your GP. Find out more.


If you are offered a test, please say: "Yes".


Covid-19 cases in New Zealand 


There are 66 active cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand.


New Zealand's confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 to date is 1943


  • See The Ministry of Health's current cases page.
  • The Whanganui region has had nine (9) cases of Covid-19, all now recovered and no cases since April 2020.