Covid-19: 146 new cases, emerging cluster in BOP

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins. Photo: RNZ.

There are 146 new community cases of Covid-19 reported by the Ministry of Health across New Zealand today.

Of these 146, 124 are in Auckland, 14 are in Waikato, four in Bay of Plenty and one in the Nelson Tasman region.

The case in Nelson Tasman is in addition to the three reported on Tuesday.

There are also three new border cases in managed isolation.

There are 83 people in hospital, with two of the cases in Waikato Hospital and the rest in hospitals in Auckland.

Nine of the 83 people in hospital are in ICU or HDU.

There were 41,077 total vaccine doses administered yesterday, including 7,432 first doses and 14,223 second doses. To date, 93 per cent of eligible people in New Zealand have had their first dose and 86 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Bay of Plenty

Today four new cases have been reported in the Bay of Plenty.  All are in the Tauranga area, are close contacts of previously reported cases, and are self-isolating at home.

The Ministry is also reporting on an emerging cluster at Te Akau ki Pāpāmoa School.  As of 9am this morning, five people associated with the school have tested positive.

Given the number of close contacts among the teaching staff, the decision was made to close the school on Tuesday.

Testing has been set up in the Pāpāmoa area, and anyone with symptoms is encouraged to come forward for testing. Local health authorities are setting up additional testing at the school in response to expected demand.

Toi Te Ora Health, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Education has been working closely with the school since the first case was identified and will continue to support the school.

The spread of COVID-19 in the Bay of Plenty is another reminder to get tested if you’re feeling unwell and get your first and second dose of the vaccine if you haven’t already.

Details of testing stations in Bay of Plenty can be found on the Healthpoint website.

 

COVID-19 vaccine update

 

Total vaccines administered to date (percentage of eligible people)

7,579,500: 3,896,368 first doses (93%); 3,618,781 second doses (86%); 13,224 third primary doses; 51,127 booster doses

Total vaccines administered yesterday

41,077: 7,432 first doses; 14,223 second doses; 1,312 third primary doses; 18,110 booster doses

Māori (percentage of eligible people)

470,566 first doses (82%); 391,640 second doses (69%)

Pacific Peoples (percentage of eligible people)

261,383 first doses (91%); second doses 235,377 (82%)

Total first and second vaccines administered to Auckland residents yesterday

1,271 first doses; and 2,912 second doses

Vaccination rates by DHB (with active cases)

Northland DHB (percentage of eligible people)

First doses (85%); second doses (77%)

Auckland Metro DHBs (percentage of eligible people)

First doses (94%); second doses (89%)

Waikato DHB (percentage of eligible people)

First doses (91%); second doses (84%)

Bay of Plenty DHB (percentage of eligible people)

First doses (90%); second doses (81%)

Lakes DHB (percentage of eligible people)

First doses (88%); second doses (79%)

MidCentral DHB (percentage of eligible people)

First doses (92%); second doses (84%)

Hawke’s Bay DHB (percentage of eligible people)

First dose (91%); second dose (83%)

Wairarapa DHB (percentage of eligible people)

First doses (93%); second doses (84%)

Capital and Coast DHB (percentage of eligible people)

First doses (96%); second doses (91%)

Nelson-Marlborough DHB (percentage of eligible people)

First doses (92%); second doses (85%)

Canterbury DHB (percentage of eligible people)

First doses (96%); second doses (89%)

Hospitalisations

Cases in hospital

83: North Shore (15); Auckland (35); Middlemore (31); Waikato (2)

Vaccination status of current hospitalisations (Northern Region wards only)

Unvaccinated or not eligible (53 cases / 70%); partially immunised <7 days from second dose or have only received one dose (10 cases / 13%); fully vaccinated at least 7 days before being reported as a case (12 cases / 16%); unknown (1 cases / 1%)

Average age of current hospitalisations

46

Cases in ICU or HDU

9 (2 in Auckland; 4 in Middlemore, 1 in North Shore; 2 in Waikato)

Cases

Seven day rolling average of community cases

157

Number of new community cases

146

Number of new cases identified at the border

Two (and 1 historical)

Location of new community cases*

Auckland (124), Waikato (14), Bay of Plenty (4); Nelson Marlborough (4)

Location of community cases (total)

Northland 83 (59 of whom have recovered); Auckland 7,896 (2,311 of whom have recovered); Waikato 461 (189 of whom have recovered); Bay of Plenty 61; Hawke’s Bay 1; Lakes 26 (3 of whom have recovered); Taranaki 6 (all of whom have recovered); MidCentral 5 (1 has recovered); Wairarapa 3; Wellington 18 (17 of whom have recovered); Nelson/Marlborough 5 (1 recovered); Canterbury 9 (5 of whom have recovered)

Number of community cases (total)

8,574 (in current community outbreak)

Confirmed cases (total)

11,353

Historical cases

203 out of 9,549 cases since 1 January

Cases infectious in the community

43 cases reported yesterday have exposure events

Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious

86 cases reported yesterday have no exposure events

Cases epidemiologically linked

73 of today’s new cases

Cases to be epidemiologically linked

73 of today’s new cases

Cases epidemiologically linked (total)

6,386 (905 unlinked in the last 14 days)

Contacts

 

Number of active contacts being managed (total):

6,817

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

71%

Percentage who have returned at least one result

73%

Locations of interest

 

Locations of interest (total)

155 (as at 10am 1 December)

Tests

Number of tests (total)

4,941,226

Number of tests total (last 24 hours)

31,926

Tests processed in Auckland (last 24 hours)

13,970

Tests rolling average (last 7 days)

27,763

Testing centres in Auckland

18

Wastewater

 

Wastewater detections

There are no new unexpected detections

NZ COVID Tracer

 

Registered users (total)

3,429,590

Poster scans (total)

550,280,459

Manual diary entries (total)

20,992,248

Poster scans in 24 hours to midday yesterday

2,659,940

 

New cases identified at the border

Arrival date

From

Via

Positive test day/reason

Managed isolation/quarantine location

25 November

India

Qatar

Day 3 / routine

Auckland

 

25 November

 

Netherlands

 

Germany & United Arab Emirates

 

Day 3 / routine

 

Auckland


Historical cases identified at the border

Arrival date

From

Via

Positive test day/reason

Managed isolation/quarantine location

17 November

Russia

United Arab Emirates

Day 5 / routine

Wellington


*Today’s cases
Today, we are reporting new community cases in Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, MidCentral and the Nelson/Marlborough region.

The case in MidCentral was reported to the Ministry after the cut-off time for reporting and will be officially added to the case numbers tomorrow.

We reported three of the four cases in Nelson-Tasman yesterday. These are officially added to the case tally today. In addition, we are reporting one new case in the region today.

There are no additional cases to report today in Northland, Hawke’s Bay, Lakes, Taranaki, Wairarapa, Wellington or Canturbury.

Regional updates
We’re asking anyone in New Zealand with symptoms – no matter how mild – to please get tested, even if you’re vaccinated. Please remain isolated until you return a negative test result.

If you are not vaccinated, now is the time, as vaccination is number one defence against COVID-19. Your DHB or local health provider will have plenty of opportunities to make this happen.

Testing and vaccination centre locations nationwide can be found on the Healthpoint website.

Auckland

Today, there are 124 new cases being reported in Auckland.

There continues to be daily reviews of testing numbers and testing locations to ensure good coverage of risk areas.

Health staff are now supporting 3,993 people to isolate at home, including 1,064 cases.

Waikato
There were 14 cases confirmed in the Waikato overnight, with seven in Te Kūiti, two in Huntly, two in Ōtorohanga, one in Hamilton, one in Ngāruawāhia, and one location under investigation.

Six cases have been linked to previous cases and the remainder are under investigation today.

Two cases which remained under investigation yesterday have now been confirmed as Te Anga.

Two locations of interest were confirmed in Huntly and Hamilton yesterday.

There are eight pop-up and dedicated testing sites operating across the Waikato today in Hamilton, Huntly, Ngāruawāhia, Taumaraunui, Tahāroa, Thames, and Te Kūiti.

There are two COVID-19 positive patients in Waikato Hospital ICU.

In the Waikato, public health staff are now supporting 119 cases to isolate at home.

MidCentral

Today, we are reporting one case in Manawatū. This case was initially under investigation and has been confirmed after our 9am cut-off time. It will be officially added to our case numbers tomorrow.

Public health staff are continuing to interview the person who is understood to live in Waikato and work in Manawatū.

Any locations of interest will be added to the Ministry’s locations of interest page later today.

Testing is also available at GP and Urgent Care clinics. Additional testing capacity in the area will be stood up, if required, and details will be available on the Healthpoint website.

We are also calling for people to get vaccinated, with many sites available across the region. Vaccination clinic locations are available on the MidCentral DHB website.

Nelson-Tasman

We are reporting one new case in Nelson-Tasman today. Three cases referred to in yesterday’s statement are being officially added to our tally today.

Today’s new case is not linked to an existing case, and the PHU are investigating a possible source.

Three new locations of interest in Nelson have this morning been added to the Ministry’s website. People in the Nelson-Tasman region are asked to check this page as it is updated regularly.

This takes the number of active cases in Nelson to four, all of which are isolating.

We are also asking anyone in the Nelson-Tasman region with symptoms – no matter how mild – to please get tested, even if they are vaccinated - and remain isolated until they return a negative test result.

Testing is available today at:
Stoke CBAC: Saxton Field parking area, Suffolk Rd, Stoke

· 9am to 6pm (every day this week)

Nelson CBAC: Trafalgar Centre carpark, Paru Paru Rd

· 9am to 6pm (today)

Additional testing capacity, to ensure good coverage, is underway and details will be available on the Healthpoint website. Testing is also available at GP and Urgent Care clinics.

We are also calling for people to get vaccinated, with many sites available across the region. Vaccination clinic locations are available on the Nelson Marlborough Health website.

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