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Chamber of Commerce Chairman First Case of Covid-19 in Southland

Mar 19, 2020
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The Southland Chamber of Commerce chairman Neil McAra has identified himself as the first case of Covid-19 in Southland.

The Southern District Health Board last night issued a list of places Mr McAra had been, where there was a low risk others could have contracted Covid-19 by coming into contact with him.

The places, all in Invercargill were: The Batch Cafe, March 16 at 8.30am and March 17 at 9.30am; New World, Windsor, March 12 at 4pm-5pm; the Waihopai Football Club, Surrey Park, March 12, 5pm-6pm; the Southland Athletics Championship, Surrey Park, March 14, 10am-11am and 3pm-4pm.

A statement from southland Chamber of Commerce CEO, Sheree Carey is below.

Firstly, thank you to all those who have been in touch with messages of support.

Since I met with Chamber President Neil McAra at the Esk Street office on Thursday 12th March* he was confirmed as having the Covid-19 virus. Editor Note: month corrected

The Chamber team are all well and working from home in self-isolation as a precaution only. The advice from the Ministry of Health at this time is that unless you were in close contact with Neil you do not need to self-isolate. We’ve had a few concerned phone calls and can assure you that our offices have been thoroughly cleaned and we’ll be back in the arcade as soon as we’re able.

In the meantime, we’re here to help and support Southland businesses through these unprecedented times.

If you require assistance navigating your way through the Government’s Business Support Package please email me [email protected]

General enquiries & Certificates of Origin: Nikki 03 218 7188
Events info: Michelle 021 797 017
Membership & Leadership Academy: Jo 027 733 1959
SIT Centrestage Theatre: Lynn 027 223 3113

Our events for the next three weeks have been postponed after which we’ll reassess the situation.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries.

Take care,
Sheree Carey
CEO

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