LIVE: 60 new community cases

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins and Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield will address media today.

UPDATE: There are 60 new community cases of Covid-19 to report today; 56 in Auckland and four in Waikato.

As at 10am, 38 of these cases are linked and 22 remain unlinked, with investigations continuing to help determine their connection to the outbreak.

See below for a full breakdown of today's numbers.


Cases

 

Number of new community cases

60

Number of new cases identified at the border

Two

Location of new community cases

Auckland (56) Waikato (4)

Location of community cases (total)

Auckland 2,085 (1,362 of whom have recovered); Waikato 56 (10 of whom have recovered); Wellington 17 (all of whom have recovered)

Number of community cases (total)*

2,158 (in current community outbreak)

Cases infectious in the community

36 of yesterday’s 92 cases have exposure events

Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious

56 of yesterday’s 92 cases have no exposure events

Cases epidemiologically linked

38 of today’s 60 cases

Cases to be epidemiologically linked

22 of today’s 60 cases

Cases epidemiologically linked (total)

1,957 (in the current cluster) (166 unlinked from the past 14 days)

Cases in hospital

43 (total): North Shore (7); Middlemore (13); Auckland (22); Waikato (1)

Cases in ICU or HDU

Five

Confirmed cases (total)*

4,854 since pandemic began

Historical cases

171 out of 3,039 since 1 Jan 2021

Contacts

 

Number of active contacts being managed (total):

2,100

Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements)

83%

Percentage with at least one test result

78%

Locations of interest

 

Locations of interest (total)

417 (as at 10am 20 October)

Tests

 

Number of tests (total)

3,816,324

Number of tests total (last 24 hours)

26,330

Tests processed in Auckland (last 24 hours)

11,692

Tests rolling average (last 7 days)

24,481

Testing centres in Auckland

19

Wastewater

 

Wastewater detections

No unexpected detections. No detection reported in Hamilton

COVID-19 vaccine update

 

Vaccines administered to date (total)

6,431,194; 1st doses: 3,593,488 (85%); 2nd doses: 2,837,706 (67%)

Vaccines administered yesterday (total)

42,809; 1st doses: 10,392 2nd doses: 32,417

Mâori

1st doses: 382,141 (67%); 2nd doses: 261,711 (46%)

Pacific Peoples

1st doses: 232,211 (81%); 2nd doses: 173,482 (61%)

Vaccines administered to Auckland residents to date (total)

2,320,945: 1st doses: 1,277,098 (89%); 2nd doses: 1,043,847 (73%)

Vaccines administered to Auckland residents yesterday (total)

12,770: 1st doses: 2,799; 2nd doses: 9,971

NZ COVID Tracer

 

Registered users (total)

3,309,084

Poster scans (total)

442,501,957

Manual diary entries (total)

18,613,024

Poster scans in 24 hours to midday yesterday

2,197,037


New cases identified at the border

Arrival date

From

Via

Positive test day/reason

Managed isolation/quarantine location

14 October

United Arab Emirates

Direct

Day 3/Routine

Auckland

14 October

USA

Direct

Day 5/Routine

Auckland


*Two previously reported cases – one border case and one community case - have been reclassified as under investigation and have been removed from the case total.

Auckland update
Public health officials are modifying the approach to suburban testing following an increase in cases, particularly on the North Shore and New Lynn, says a statement from the Ministry of Health.

"As the outbreak is now more disbursed, the approach is moving away from suburbs of interest and will instead concentrate on areas with higher positivity rates where the risk of unidentified cases is higher.

"People in New Lynn and the North Shore suburbs of Rosedale, Redvale, and Bayswater - either vaccinated or unvaccinated - are asked to get tested as soon as possible if they have even mild symptoms."

This testing will help to provide assurance that any undetected spread of Covid-19 in these communities is identified as quickly as possible.

Testing is available at Community Testing Centres in:
Health New Lynn, Totara Health Services, McCrae Way, New Lynn – 8.30am – 4.30pm
North Harbour Stadium, Oteha Valley Road in Carpark B – 8.30am – 4.30pm
Northcote Community Testing Centre, Corner of College Road and Kilham Avenue – 6.30am – 6.30pm

An additional testing site will be available from tomorrow in Wairau Valley.

Testing is also available at GP and Urgent Care clinics the locations of these can be found on https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19/

Shadbolt Park, New Lynn

New Lynn’s Shadbolt Park has been reclassified as an exposure event rather than as a location of interest and has now been taken down from the Ministry of Health website list of locations of interest.

"Public Health staff have looked into the event more carefully and assessed it as an exposure event as it is small and involved only a handful of people, who have all been identified and are in the process of being traced and tested. At this stage no one else is being sought in relation to the event."

Waikato update

There are four new cases to report today in the Waikato region.

Two of the cases are in Te Awamutu, and two are contacts of known cases and are already isolating, says the Ministry.

"Investigations to determine how the other two cases are linked to the outbreak are underway.

"This brings the total number of cases in the Waikato to 56; 10 of whom have recovered."

Waikato DHB is continuing to carry out regionwide testing with 4,520 swabs taken yesterday.

Testing locations in and around Waikato are available on the Healthpoint website and the Waikato DHB website.

Pop up testing sites are continuing to operate in Te Awamutu, Kihikihi, Raglan and Whatawhata (west of Hamilton). We are continuing to encourage anyone living in these areas who is symptomatic, to get a test.

EARLIER:

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins and Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield will update the media today at 1pm.

Hipkins is expected to provide an update on the schooling situation in Auckland, with Bloomfield to reveal the latest Covid cases for today.

The Education Minister has already signalled senior students will be the first to return.

Some principals want the government to cancel this year's NCEA exams for Auckland students.

They say the region's teenagers will not have had enough classroom time before exams start on November 18.

Tune into the livestream above to see what the latest details are today.



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