COVID-19: 16 new community cases all in Auckland

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There are 16 new community cases of COVID-19 reported today, all in Auckland.

There is also one historical border case that has been reported, and more than 50,000 vaccines were administered on Friday.

The total number of community cases in the current community outbreak is 1146.

Of the 16 new cases reported today, 13 are epidemiologically linked, and three are being investigated to determine a link.

There are 13 people in hospital, with one in North Shore Hospital, seven in Auckland Hospital and five in Middlemore Hospital.  Four people are in ICU.

As of 10am today, Saturday September 25, there are 134 locations of interest.

There have been 4,968,935 vaccines administered to date, with 3,211,763 having received their first dose and 1,757,172 having received their second dose.

There were 50,600 vaccines administered yesterday, Friday September 24, with 18,981 receiving their first dose and 31,619 receiving their second dose.

There are now 3,251,114 registered users of the NZ COVID-19 Tracer app, with 2,686,748 poster scans in 24 hours to midday yesterday, Friday September 24.



Number of new community cases *

16 (In addition, there is one historical community case not associated to the current outbreak)

Number of new cases identified at the border

One historical case

Location of new cases


Location of community cases (total)

Auckland (including 4 cases in Upper Hauraki) 1,129 (903 of whom have recovered); Wellington 17 (all of whom have recovered);

Number of community cases (total)

1,146 (in current community outbreak)

Cases infectious in the community

Two (22%) of yesterday’s cases have exposure events

Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious

Three (33%) of yesterday’s cases

Cases epidemiologically linked

13 of today’s cases

Cases to be epidemiologically linked

Three of today’s cases. Investigations are continuing to determine a link.

Cases epidemiologically linked (total)

1,114 (in current cluster) (10 unlinked from past fortnight)

Number of sub-clusters

Ten epidemiologically linked subclusters. Of these, two are active, six are contained and two is dormant.
All cases in one of the largest subclusters – the Birkdale Social Network – have now recovered.
There are 14 epidemiologically unlinked subclusters. Of these, three are active, four are contained and seven are dormant

Cases in hospital

13 (total): North Shore (1); Auckland (7); Middlemore (5).

Cases in ICU or HDU


Confirmed cases (total)

3,806 since pandemic began

Historical cases, since 1 Jan 2021 (total) *

157 out of 1,988 since 1 Jan 2021



Number of active contacts being managed (total)


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


Percentage with at least one test result


Locations of interest


Locations of interest (total)

134 (as at 10am 25 September)



Number of tests (total)


Total number of laboratory tests processed (last 24 hours)


Tests rolling average (last 7 days)


Swabs taken in Auckland (last 24 hours)


Testing centres in Auckland




Wastewater detections

No new unexpected detections in ESR’s latest testing

COVID-19 vaccine update


Vaccines administered to date (total)

4,968,935; 1st doses: 3,211,763 2nd doses: 1,757,172

Vaccines administered yesterday (total)

50,600; 1st doses: 18,981; 2nd doses: 31,619


1st doses: 307,040; 2nd doses: 154,162

Pacific Peoples

1st doses: 198,007; 2nd doses: 107,425

NZ COVID-19 tracer


Registered users (total)


Poster scans (total)


Manual diary entries (total)


Poster scans in 24 hours to midday yesterday


Historical cases identified at the border

Arrival date



Positive test day/reason

Managed isolation/quarantine location

22 August

Sri Lanka

United Arab Emirates

Self-notification / routine testing of border staff

Not applicable

*Today’s cases
The one case deemed to be historical is not associated with the current outbreak in Auckland as this case initially came through the border and has been previously reported and spent 14 days in managed isolation, during which time they routinely tested negative.

They have subsequently tested positive, but this has been deemed historical and is no longer infectious.

*Historical cases
There are three historical cases being added to the tally today.

Included in the tally is today’s historical community case, mentioned above; a previously reported border case now reclassified and today’s border case.

Today’s border case is a border worker who caught COVID-19 overseas. This case is no longer infectious.

Waitakere Hospital ED
A patient who presented to Waitakere Hospital’s ED yesterday with COVID-19 symptoms is now in an Auckland quarantine facility.

This person was taken straight to a separate, dedicated area at the hospital for patients with COVID-19 symptoms – patients in this area are kept separate from each other

The patient returned a positive test and was moved to a negative pressure room before being transported to a quarantine facility following strict Infection, Prevention and Control protocols.

Interviews are continuing with public health staff to determine this person’s link to a current cluster.

A small number of patients had also been taken into the same area. These patients will be monitored and tested however, there was no direct contact with the COVID-19 positive patient.

Fewer than ten patients are affected. Some of these patients have now been discharged and are being followed up by Auckland public health staff.

A small number of staff had contact with the patient, all were wearing full PPE and are fully vaccinated.

Public health officials have assessed the risk to the public to be low.

Testing today      
Testing continues across Auckland with a particular focus on Clover Park, Māngere, Favona, Ōtara, Manurewa and Mount Wellington/Sylvia Park.

There is a new pop-up community testing centre open today at the Te Hana cafe carpark. From tomorrow, the Pukekohe pop-up community testing centre will move from the Pukekohe A&P Showgrounds to the Pukekohe Netball Centre. Planning is underway for a pop-up testing centre to open in Tuakau tomorrow.

The pop-up community testing centre at the Manukau Sports Bowl, which enables convenient access to testing for people in the Clover Park area, is open this weekend from 8.30am – 4pm and will remain in place until Friday October 1.

“Please get tested if you are a contact, have visited a location of interest at the specific dates and times, are connected to a suburb of interest or have any symptoms of COVID-19 – even those with very mild symptoms need to get tested and isolate at home while waiting for test results,” says a Ministry of Health spokesperson.

For all testing locations nationwide, visit

Health appointments in Auckland
People travelling to attend a medical appointment or to access health services, including to get a vaccination, do not need to get tested to cross the Auckland Alert Level boundary.

This applies to people travelling both ways - from Alert Level 2 into Alert Level 3 as well as the other way, from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2, but they need to travel directly to their appointment and then return to their place of residence.

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Posted on 26-09-2021 07:48 | By

Great article from Sir John Key in the Herald. Spot on. He should’ve in charge, not this rabble.