LIVE Covid update: 100 new cases, 58 in hospital

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

UPDATE: The Ministry of Health is reporting 100 new community Covid-19 cases today.

There are 58 people in hospital. Three are in ICU or HDU.

The MOH says there are also 10 new cases at the border.

"There were 28,921 vaccines administered yesterday, including 7574 first doses and 21,347 second doses," says a MOH spokesperson.

"To date, 88 per cent of New Zealanders have had their first dose and 76 per cent are fully vaccinated.

"Getting vaccinated will help to stop people from becoming seriously ill from Covid-19 and will save lives."

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

COVID-19 vaccine update

 

Total vaccines administered to date (percentage of eligible people)

6,925,585: 3,724,359 first doses (88%); 3,201,226 second doses (76%)

Vaccines administered yesterday

28,921: 7,574 first doses; 21,347 second doses

Mâori (percentage of eligible people)

414,971 first doses (73%); 307,415 second doses (54%)

Pacific Peoples (percentage of eligible people)

245,346 first doses (86%); 199,969 second doses (70%)

Vaccines administered to Auckland residents yesterday

7,616: 1,803 first doses; 5,813 second doses

Vaccination rates by DHB (with active cases)

 

Northland DHB (percentage of eligible people

128,556 first doses (80%); 105,631 second doses (65%)

Auckland metro DHBs (percentage of eligible people

1,311,994 first doses (92%); 1,166,969 second doses (81%)

Waikato DHB (percentage of eligible people

311,222 first doses (87%); 261,840 second doses (73%)

Canterbury DHB (percentage of eligible people

442,739 first doses (92%); 363,253 second doses (75%)

Hospitalisations

 

Cases in hospital

58 (total, up from 49 yesterday): Waitemata (16); Middlemore (15); Auckland (26); Waikato (1)

Average age of current hospitalisations

49

Cases in ICU or HDU

Three

Cases

 

Number of new community cases*

100

Number of new cases identified at the border

10

Location of new community cases

Auckland (97), Waikato (3)

Location of community cases (total)

Auckland 3,553 (1,649 of whom have recovered); Waikato 144 (45 of whom have recovered); Wellington 17 (all of whom have recovered); Northland 14 (3 of whom have recovered); Nelson/Marlborough 1; Canterbury 4

Number of community cases (total)

3,733 (in current community outbreak)

Confirmed cases (total)

6,471

Historical cases*

185 out of 4,658 cases since 1 January

Cases infectious in the community **

42 of 119 cases reported yesterday have exposure events

Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious**

77 of 119 cases reported yesterday have no exposure events

Cases epidemiologically linked

52 of today’s 100 cases

Cases to be epidemiologically linked

48 of today’s 100 cases

Cases epidemiologically linked (total)

3,131 (in the current cluster) (441 unlinked from the past 14 days)

Contacts

 

Number of active contacts being managed (total):

3,502

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

76%

Percentage who have returned at least one result

73%

Locations of interest

 

Locations of interest (total)

335 (as at 10am 3 November)

Tests

 

Number of tests (total)

4,162,831

Number of tests total (last 24 hours)

29,521

Tests processed in Auckland (last 24 hours)

12,037

Tests rolling average (last 7 days)

26,016

Testing centres in Auckland

18

Wastewater

 

Wastewater detections

No unexpected detections

NZ COVID Tracer

 

Registered users (total)

3,341,769

Poster scans (total)

475,049,775

Manual diary entries (total)

19,492,905

Poster scans in 24 hours to midday yesterday

2,229,468

New cases identified at the border

Arrival date

From

Via

Positive test day/reason

Managed isolation/quarantine location

23 October

Serbia and Montenegro

United Arab Emirates

Day 6 / routine

Auckland

27 October

TBA

Singapore

Day 5 / contact of a case

Auckland

27 October

TBA

Singapore

Day 6 / routine

Auckland

27 October

TBA

Singapore

Day 5 / routine

Auckland

27 October

Scotland

Singapore

Day 3 / routine

Auckland

30 October

United Kingdom

Singapore

Day 1 / routine

Wellington

30 October

United Kingdom

Singapore

Day 1 /detected at point of entry

Wellington

30 October

United Kingdom

Singapore

Day 1 /detected at point of entry

Wellington

31 October

Japan

Direct

Day 1 /routine

Christchurch


Historical cases identified at the border

Arrival date

From

Via

Positive test day/reason

Managed isolation/quarantine location

25 October

Philippines

Singapore

Day 0 / routine

Christchurch


Today’s cases

*One previously reported community case has been reclassified as “not a case” and removed the from total.

One case reported today was identified at the border and has been deemed as historical.

Due to data reconciliation, two cases that were included in the acute cases count yesterday are now included in the historical total.

**The number of cases here may sometimes differ from those reported the previous day due to a difference in reporting timeframes and reclassifications.

Northland update

There are no new cases in Northland today. Widespread community testing and vaccinations remain crucial following two unlinked community cases reported in the Far North.

Today there are 10 community testing centres available across the region and 11 vaccination clinics.

Additional testing and vaccination capacity are being stood up where and when needed.

Those who live in or around Taipa, Kaingaroa, Awanui and Kaitaia and have had symptoms of Covid-19 in the last couple of weeks, especially around Labour weekend, are encouraged to get tested as soon as possible.

Northlanders, especially those in the Far North, are also urged to check the Ministry of Health website for updates on locations of interest, monitor for symptoms and stay home in their bubble and get tested if they are feeling unwell, wear a face covering when leaving the house, and use the NZ Covid Tracer App to record any movements.

Community testing centres are open today at:
Pukenui by the Houhora Fishing club (8.30am-3.30pm)
Eastern Rugby, Taipa (10am-2pm)
Kaitaia Hospital, Use the hospital driveway next to the car compound (9am-4pm)
Kaitaia Awanui Rugby Club (9am-2pm)
Rawene Hospital, Honey Street (9am-2pm)
Kerikeri, 1 Sammaree Place (9am-4pm)
Ôhaeawai Rugby Clubrooms (9am-5pm)
Dargaville Hospital (9am-3pm)
Whangârei – 20 Winger Crescent (9am-4pm)
Kaiwaka – Three Furlongs (10am-2pm).

Community vaccination centres are open today at:
Kaitaia, The Old Warehouse Building (10am-5pm)
Waitomo Papakainga, Kaitaia, Corner Puckey Ave & Bank St (2pm-5pm)
Panguru Clinic (10am – 2pm)
Maitihetihe School (1pm -3pm)
Ohaeawai Rugby Clubrooms (9am-7pm)
Moerewa, Simson Park (9am-5pm)
Kerikeri, Sammaree Place (10am-5pm)
Kaikohe Countdown (10am-4pm)
Whangarei, Northland Events Centre (10am-5pm)
Whangarei, 5 Walton Street (9am-4pm)
Dargaville, 22a Normanby St (10am-3pm).

There were 1215 tests processed throughout Northland yesterday and 1464 vaccinations given, including 449 first doses.

Auckland update

Testing numbers across Auckland remain strong with more than 12,037 tests completed yesterday.

There are 18 community testing centres available for testing across Auckland today. For up-to-date information on testing locations in Auckland, visit Auckland Regional Public Health Service.

In Auckland, public health officials are now supporting 692 cases to safely isolate at home, says the MOH.

"The safety and security of individuals with Covid-19 and their families remains paramount when people are isolating at home with public health oversight.

"If people can’t safely isolate at home they may be moved to a managed isolation or quarantine facility."

Auckland care home

Fifteen residents and four staff members of Edmonton Meadows Care Home in Henderson have now returned positive tests.

Three of the Covid-19 -positive residents are receiving appropriate ward-level care at North Shore Hospital.

Waikato update

"Today we are reporting three new cases in Waikato, bringing the region’s total number of cases to 144," says the MOH.

"Two cases are from Hamilton and one is from Ôtorohanga. Two are known contacts and were already in isolation and with daily public health contact and support.

"Public health staff will be interviewing the third case to determine any links to known cases. All of yesterday’s 18 cases have now been linked following further investigations."

Several locations of interest were added yesterday for Ôtorohanga and Hamilton and we encourage people to continue checking the Ministry of Health page for details.

Anyone with symptoms, no matter how mild, is being encouraged to get a test. The two Huntly pop up testing sites remain option today, as do sites in Hamilton, Ngâruawâhia, Ôtorohanga, Te Awamutu, and Thames. Please check Healthpoint’s website for times and locations.

There were 3025 tests processed in Waikato yesterday, and 2781 vaccinations given.

Christchurch update

There are no new cases to report in Christchurch again today.

There are still the four active cases who are in quarantine and 22 Locations of Interest in Canterbury – no new locations have been added in recent days.

Test results from additional wastewater samples collected in Christchurch are expected later today.

"We continue to urge anyone in Christchurch with any Covid-19 symptoms – no matter how mild – to get a test immediately," says the MOH.

"There is good testing capacity throughout the region. A pop-up Covid-19 community testing centre is operating today and tomorrow at the New Brighton Club. The pop-up is both a drive through and walk up clinic and will be open both days from 10am to 4pm."

For a full list of testing and vaccination centres in Christchurch, please see the Canterbury DHB website.

Yesterday, more than 2900 Covid-19 swabs were carried out at our testing sites and via general practice teams across the Canterbury community and 4994 Covid-19 vaccinations provided in Canterbury.

Follow up to ‘Super Saturday’

It's now three weeks since Super Saturday so people who received their first vaccination that weekend are encouraged to get their second dose this Saturday – or as soon as possible after that, says the MOH.

"Those who had their first dose on Super Saturday will be getting email and text reminders to go and get their second shot.

"This will be supported by radio and social media promotion, as well as advertising around NPC rugby matches this weekend to encourage second vaccinations.

"This is being supported in Auckland at Eden Park this weekend with the #GotYaDot event – a unifying campaign to help whanau, hapû, iwi, teams, communities, and families to get a dot (vaccine) and protect their whakapapa."

Nicks Head ship

A person from Myanmar is today in Police custody in Gisborne after jumping off a ship at sea near Young Nicks Head last night.

"They were picked up at sea and was admitted to hospital suffering from hypothermia. They have been tested for Covid-19 and already returned a negative result and has now been discharged from hospital.

"The ship remains anchored 3km offshore."

EARLIER:

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins and Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield will update the media today with the latest information about the current Covid-19 outbreak in New Zealand.

The pair are due to be live from 1pm.

What we know so far

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins the two new cases in the Taipā area are 'a big puzzle'.

The unlinked cases prompted a snap lockdown last night, dividing the Far North from the lower parts of Te Tai Tokerau still in level 2.

Hipkins says genomic sequencing will help contact tracers, but the mystery cases have not been to any locations of interest or met with people known to have the virus.

"All lines of inquiry are open at this point. Genomic sequencing will help us with that but also we are aiming for some pretty intensive testing today and that'll also help us identify if there are other cases out there."

He says the cases have been 'very cooperative' in contact tracing interviews and have kept 'good records' of their movements.

Fourteen people have tested positive in Northland in the past fortnight.

Tune into the live stream above for more.




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