The Ministry of Health says there are no new cases of COVID-19 to report in the community in New Zealand today.
“There is one new case to report in a recent returnee in our managed isolation facilities, since the Ministry’s last update Friday,” says a Ministry of Health spokesperson.
The seven-day rolling average of new cases detected at the border is one.
“No previously reported cases have recovered. The total number of active cases in New Zealand today is 19. Our total number of confirmed cases is 2,290.”
Since January 1 2021, there have been 60 historical cases, out of a total of 474 cases.
The new border case reported day arrived in New Zealand on May 10 from USA via a direct flight and tested positive during routine testing at Day 3. They are in managed isolation in Auckland.
Weak positive result in Wellington wastewater testing
ESR undertakes regular wastewater testing across sites in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Rotorua, Hamilton and Queenstown as an additional surveillance tool in the fight against COVID-19.
Late on Friday May 14, ESR reported there had been a weak positive test result from a sample taken in Wellington. A follow-up sample yesterday returned a second weak positive result.
“Based on our experience, it is most likely that the two weak positive results are due to recently recovered cases continuing to shed the virus,” says a Ministry of Health spokesperson.
“In recent weeks three recovered cases who live in the Wellington region have left the Auckland quarantine facility. A further historical case left a Wellington managed isolation facility the same day the second sample was taken.
“Additionally, it is possible that one or more recently recovered cases from elsewhere could have flown into Wellington.”
ESR consider a single recovered person shedding the virus may be detected in wastewater.
“As part of our ongoing precautionary approach, and to help rule out undetected COVID-19 infection, the Ministry is encouraging anyone with symptoms, especially if they are in the Wellington region to get tested promptly,” says a Ministry of Health spokesperson.
Information is available here:
“This advice also applies to recent visitors to the Wellington region. Anyone who develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should call Healthline (0800 358 5453) or their doctor, or visit a testing station to get a test.”
Testing sites in the Wellington region open today are:
Wellington central, 196-200 Taranaki St
Today: 10am – 4pm; booking centre operates 9am – 4.30pm; 0800 885 022
Porirua, 178 Bedford Street, Cannons Creek
Today: 2pm – 5pm; walk-ins accepted, though bookings preferred; 0508 672 862
Hutt Valley testing call centre
The testing centre opens again on Monday 17 May. Bookings are able to be made today (Sunday) from 1.30pm – 4pm 04 576 8619
Wellington Region Primary Health Organisations will extend testing centre hours if required.
“It’s important to remember the basic public health measures which keep communities protected: wear a mask on public transport, stay home when sick, wash hands frequently and use good sneeze and cough etiquette,” says a Ministry of Health spokesperson.
“Lastly, it’s critically important individuals keep a record of where they’ve been by scanning QR codes or keeping a manual diary of their movements. It can help contact tracers quickly find potential close and casual contacts if there is a positive COVID-19 case.”
Further wastewater samples in Wellington are being tested.
The Ministry of Health’s current assessment remains that the public health risk to New Zealand from the Melbourne community case announced on Tuesday May 11 is low.
At this stage the Ministry is recommending that Quarantine Free Travel, between New Zealand the state of Victoria can continue with certain additional precautions in place.
Information and advice for anyone who was at one of the locations of interest in Melbourne at the specified times including advice for anyone who has travelled to New Zealand from Melbourne since May 6 is here:
The total number of tests processed by laboratories to date is 2,080,353.
On Saturday, 2,942 tests were processed. The seven-day rolling average up to yesterday is 3,671 tests processed.
For all testing locations nationwide visit the Healthpoint website.
NZ COVID Tracer
NZ COVID Tracer now has 2,822,462 registered users.
Poster scans have reached 269,073,037 and users have created 10,079,843 manual diary entries.
There have been 612,641 scans in the last 24 hours to midday yesterday.
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