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Last updated:
29 April 2020

Please remember, limiting our interactions with others is our best defence against COVID-19. Please don’t visit the hospital if you don’t need to. The following level 2 visitor restrictions are in place for all Canterbury DHB health facilities:

  • Visitors will be screened and asked to provide contact details upon arrival
  • Visitors who are unwell or have suspicion of COVID-19 will not be able to enter
  • Aged residential care: no visitors, however, family visits for palliative care residents who do not have COVID-19 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Specific and detailed visitor restrictions that apply to each hospital are available on our COVID-19 page.

Health warning lifted at Sandy Bay and Rapaki

Wednesday 25 December 2019Media release2 minutes to read

Health warning lifted at Sandy Bay and Rapaki

Canterbury District Health Board’s Community and Public Health unit has lifted its health warning at Sandy Bay and Rapaki.
Latest water testing results show faecal bacteria levels in the Sandy Bay and Rapaki locations are now below guideline values and the health warning issued on 22 December 2019 has been removed with the water in Sandy Bay and Rapaki suitable for recreational use.“
This is great news for swimmers and other recreational water users in Sandy Bay and Rapaki who would have been avoiding the water following the high levels of contamination,” Dr Cheryl Brunton says. “They can now get back in the water this Christmas without the risk of illness.”
When a health warning is in place, water quality at affected sites is not considered suitable for recreational uses including swimming because of the risk to health from the bacteria and other pathogen.
Water contaminated by human or animal faecal bacteria may contain a range of disease-causing micro-organisms such as viruses, bacteria and protozoa.“
In most cases the ill-health effects from exposure to contaminated water are minor and short-lived. However, there is the potential for more serious diseases, such as hepatitis A, giardia, cryptosporosis, campylobacter and salmonella,” Dr Brunton says.
Or contact Community and Public Health on (03) 364 1777:
For more information about Mahinga Kai:
For further information, contact: Canterbury DHB Media Advisor 027 567 5343


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