‘Keeping the island safe’

Friday August 14, 2020 Written by Published in Local
Cole, Eden and Tiana Tavioni-Bamber are in self-isolation with their parents in Tupapa. 20081317 Cole, Eden and Tiana Tavioni-Bamber are in self-isolation with their parents in Tupapa. 20081317

When the Tavioni-Bamber family returned home to Cook Islands last week, they quickly realised they should voluntarily self-isolate.

Gina and Shaun and their three children flew back from Auckland, where they had spent the past few nervous months while their youngest child got hospital care.

At first they thought their children could go back to school but, on Tuesday, they decided it was better they all stay home in Tupapa.

Health ministry Te Marae Ora contacted them the next day, asking that they undergo Covid-19 throat swabs, which took place at their house yesterday morning.

“It was weird with a little bit of soreness,” says Eden, 6.

Gina, Shaun, Cole, Tiana and Eden are just five of the 91 people who have flown back into Rarotonga and Aitutaki in the past two weeks – and after the new outbreak of Covid-19 in New Zealand, they’re all being Covid-tested.

Shaun Bamber said the only times their family had left the house since Tuesday had been to drive to isolated and “surprisingly deserted” beaches, with nobody around, for exercise.

“We’re staying away from shops though, and talking through the window to visitors who turn up. Just keeping to ourselves as much as possible really and maintaining a good distance from any people.”

Gina added: “We’re grateful for the quick response of Te Marae Ora to adapt their Covid policies in line with what’s happening in New Zealand. We all need to do our part to ensure that our island and our community stay safe.”

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