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Further details on Waikato Hospital case

Additional testing sites are being set up around the Waikato.

A patient who visited the emergency department at Waikato Hospital last Friday night has now tested positive for Covid-19.

“The asymptomatic patient was screened when they entered ED by staff who were following Alert Level 2 Infection, Prevention and Control protocols,” says a statement from the Ministry of Health.

“In a cautious approach, the DHB has temporarily stood down a number of ED staff who are self-isolating.

“Results from rapid PCR tests are expected today.”

Waikato testing

There are five pop up testing sites operating in Hamilton, Raglan, Huntly and Tokoroa, with all five being open for extended hours to cater to any lift in demand.

An existing site at Founders Theatre car park in Hamilton remains open.

“The DHB is working to establish a sixth pop up testing site, at Karapiro, following the positive case there. An existing testing provider in Kawhia has been expanded. More details on exact locations and hours are available on the Healthpoint and Waikato DHB sites.

“Demand for testing has been steady and there are good supplies of testing kits and staffing capacity.“

Vaccine – gap between doses

In response to the ongoing Delta outbreak, the Ministry of Health is advising New Zealanders to consider a shorter gap between doses of the Pfizer vaccine than the current standard of six weeks.

“Reducing the gap between doses to at least three weeks means more people can be fully vaccinated sooner, increasing our community immunity. The two doses of the Pfizer vaccine must be given at least three weeks apart,” says an MOH spokesperson.

“In August, the standard gap between first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine was extended from three weeks to six weeks to allow us to give one dose (partial protection) to a larger number of people faster.

“Since that time the Delta outbreak has increased the risk of contracting COVID-19 for everyone in New Zealand and increased the urgency for people to be vaccinated as soon as possible.”

Auckland suburbs of interest

People without symptoms are asked to get tested if they live in any of the eight suburbs of interest.

The current suburbs of interest are:  
· Clover Park
· Mângere
· Favona
· Manurewa
· Mount Wellington/Sylvia Park
· Henderson
· Papakura
· Red Beach

Wastewater testing

Samples taken from Taupo and Putaruru on Monday, October 6, in the Waikato region did not detect Covid-19.

Several other samples have been taken from throughout New Zealand. These include those collected from Te Kauwhata, Raglan, Ngaruawahia, Huntly, Feilding, Hunterville, Hamilton and Palmerston North.

Results are expected tomorrow.

See below for a full breakdown on today’s numbers

6 October 2021


Cases

 

Number of new community cases*

39

Number of new cases identified at the border

Two

Location of new community cases

Auckland (30); Waikato (9)

Location of community cases (total)

Auckland (including five cases in Upper Hauraki) 1,385 (1,068 recovered); Waikato 18 (all active); Wellington 17 (all recovered)

Number of community cases (total)

1,420 (in the current community outbreak)

Cases infectious in the community

19 of yesterday’s 24 cases have exposure events

Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious

5 of yesterday’s 24 cases

Cases epidemiologically linked

38 of today’s 39 cases are linked

Cases to be epidemiologically linked

One of today’s 39 cases. Investigations are continuing to determine a link.

Cases epidemiologically linked (total)

1,383 (in the current cluster) (15 unlinked from the past fortnight).

Number of sub-clusters

15 epidemiologically linked subclusters. Of these, seven are active, one is contained and seven are dormant. There are 14 epidemiologically unlinked subclusters. Of these, five are active, one is contained and eight are dormant.

Cases in hospital

32 (total): North Shore (2) Middlemore (15); Auckland (14); Waikato (1)

Cases in ICU or HDU

Seven

Confirmed cases (total)

4,092 since pandemic began.

Historical cases, since 1 Jan 2021 (total) **

166 out of 2,276 since 1 Jan 2021

Contacts

 

Number of open contacts being managed (total):

1,410

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

82%

Percentage with at least one test result

79%

Locations of interest

 

Locations of interest (total)

160 (as at 10am 5 October)

Tests

 

Number of tests (total)

3,489,770

Number of tests processed (total last 24 hours)

24,714

Number of tests taken in Auckland (last 24 hours)

13,331

Tests rolling average (last 7 days)

18,263

Testing centres in Auckland

22

Wastewater

 

Wastewater detections ***

No unexpected detections in the past 24 hours

COVID-19 vaccine update

 

Vaccines administered to date (total)

5,467,111; 1st doses: 3,361,425 2nd doses: 2,105,686

Vaccines administered yesterday (total)

63,624; 1st doses: 17,592; 2nd doses: 46,032

Mâori

1st doses: 329,208 2nd doses: 186,632

Pacific Peoples

1st doses: 212,208; 2nd doses: 131,120

Vaccines administered to Auckland residents to date (total)

1,993,927 1st doses: 1,216,661 (85%); 2nd doses: 777,266 (54%)

Vaccines administered to Auckland residents yesterday (total)

22,180; 1st doses: 5,562 2nd doses: 16,618

NZ COVID-19 tracer

 

Registered users (total)

3,276,018

Poster scans (total)

409,594,785

Manual diary entries (total)

17,665,545

Poster scans in 24 hours to midday yesterday

2,311,892


New cases identified at the border

Arrival date

From

Via

Positive test day/reason

Managed isolation/quarantine location

25 September

Philippines

Singapore

Day 6/ symptomatic

Auckland

1 October

Panama

France/UAE

Day 3 / routine

Auckland

*Today’s cases Includes one previously reported Waikato case that has been reclassified from recovered to active.

The recently reported Upper Hauraki case is now included in the Auckland figures.

There is one further case in a border worker that is yet to be classified as community or border related.

**Historical cases One previously reported case has been reclassified as historical.

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