Ministry health

Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: Today’s cases as Department of Health fines unvaccinated chiropractors for seeing patients

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Two chiropractors have been fined — one of them up to $12,000 — for seeing patients in person while unvaccinated during the Omicron outbreak.

The Department of Health said the couple received infringement notices for providing face-to-face counseling while unvaccinated, breaching Clause 7 of the 2021 Response Order. public health Covid-19 (vaccinations).

Timaru’s chiropractor, Dr. Steven Morse, received three violation notices, while Dr. Ryno Tope of Hawke’s Bay received one. Each violation notice carries a fee of $4,000.

The Department of Health said it was investigating whether other patients may have received treatment.

“If anyone has seen any of these chiropractors since the beginning of February 2022 and is willing to provide information about their visit to the Department of Health, please email [email protected] .nz,” the ministry said.

Meanwhile, the tally of Covid infections in New Zealand is approaching one million cases since the outbreak began more than two years ago.

The Department of Health is due to issue a statement at 1 p.m. with its latest update.

There are now 969,959 probable and confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the original strain of the coronavirus arrived here in February 2020.

Right now there are 54,444 people with Covid.

According to the Ministry of Health, of those who had contracted Covid in the past two years, 914,741 had recovered.

There are now 821 people who have died with or due to Covid since March 2020. The majority of deaths have occurred this year as the Omicron variant has swept the country in recent months.

Yesterday officials revealed that 20 more people had died of the virus, including a child under the age of 10.

There were also 8,609 new cases of Covid-19 in the community. The seven-day rolling average of community cases was 7,684, down slightly from 7,705 at the same time last week.

Meanwhile, 386 people were being treated in hospitals across New Zealand with Covid and 14 people required ICU or HDU level care.

The ministry said the average age of those infected in hospital was 58.

As the seven-day rolling average of new cases continues to decline, health officials have continued to urge people to get vaccinated and stay away from work or school if they feel unwell.

“Vaccination remains our best defense against Covid-19 and a booster – in addition to the first and second doses – gives you greater immunity against Omicron and serious illnesses. There is a much lower risk of being hospitalized if you are up to date with your Covid -19 vaccinations,” the ministry said.

Yesterday a new booster was announced for immunocompromised children ahead of the winter months.

Children aged 5 to 11 could receive a third primary dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine with a prescription from a GP or nurse practitioner.

The ministry said severely immunocompromised people were considered to be at higher risk of serious consequences from Covid and might not produce a strong enough immune response after two doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

“A third primary dose provides additional protection and may help reduce the likelihood of transmitting the virus to others,” the ministry said.

The booster could be administered eight weeks after the second dose but the interval could be shortened to four weeks depending on immunosuppressive therapies.