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COVID-19: 60 new community cases as outbreak grows

More than 81,000 vaccines were administered on Saturday around NZ. Testing and vaccinations are the two best tools for fighting COVID-19. Photo: File.



There are 60 new community cases today, of which 56 are in Auckland, three in Waikato and one in the Bay of Plenty.  There is one new case in managed isolation, and more than 81,000 vaccines were administered on Saturday.

The Ministry of Health urges anyone who has symptoms, no matter how mild, to please get tested.

“The two best tools we have in the continued fight against COVID-19 are testing and vaccinations – the numbers for both continue to be high,” says a Ministry of Health spokesperson.

As of 10am on Sunday October 10 there are 324 locations of interest.

The three new Waikato cases are linked to the initial Hamilton East case.

The Bay of Plenty case was reported publicly last evening and is included in today’s numbers. Of the Auckland cases, 37 have known links to existing cases, including 22 household contacts, and 17 remain under investigation.

Cases

 

Number of new community cases

60

Number of new cases identified at the border

One

Location of new community cases

Auckland (56) Waikato (3) Bay of Plenty (1)

Location of community cases (total)

Auckland 1,538 (1,147 of whom have recovered); Waikato 31; Wellington 17 (all of whom have recovered); Bay of Plenty 1

Number of community cases (total)

1,587 (in current community outbreak)

Cases infectious in the community

20 of yesterday’s cases have exposure events (61%)

Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious

13 of yesterday’s cases (39%)

Cases epidemiologically linked

41 of today’s 60 cases

Cases to be epidemiologically linked

19 of today’s 60 cases. Interviews are ongoing to determine how they’re linked

Cases epidemiologically linked (total)

1,516 (in the current cluster) (49 unlinked from the past 14 days)

Number of sub-clusters

16 epidemiologically linked subclusters. Of these, six are active, zero are contained and ten are dormant. There are 14 epidemiologically unlinked subclusters. Of these, five are active, none are contained and nine are dormant.

Cases in hospital

29 (total): North Shore (4); Middlemore (12); Auckland (11); Waikato Base Hospital (1); Palmerston North (1)

Cases in ICU or HDU

Seven

Confirmed cases (total)

4265 since pandemic began

Historical cases, since 1 Jan 2021 (total)

167 out of 2,450 since 1 Jan 2021. One previously reported community case is now reclassified as historical.

Contacts

 

Number of active contacts being managed (total):

2,009

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

79%

Percentage with at least one test result

72%

Locations of interest

 

Locations of interest (total)

324 (as at 10am 10 October)

Tests

 

Number of tests (total)

3,587,240

Number of tests total (last 24 hours)

20,421

Tests processed in Auckland (last 24 hours)

7,071

Tests rolling average (last 7 days)

21,540

Testing centres in Auckland

20

Wastewater

 

Wastewater detections

No unexpected detections in the last 24 hours.

COVID-19 vaccine update

 

Vaccines administered to date (total)

5,789,774; 1st doses: 3,438,289; 2nd doses: 2,351,485

Vaccines administered yesterday (total)

81,831; 1st doses: 18,301; 2nd doses: 65,530

Mâori

1st doses: 344,451; 2nd doses: 210,719

Pacific Peoples

1st doses: 218,333; 2nd doses: 144,638

Vaccines administered to Auckland residents to date (total)

2,106,698: 1st doses: 1,237,408 (86%); 2nd doses: 869,290 (61%)

Vaccines administered to Auckland residents yesterday (total)

30,406: 1st doses: 5,143; 2nd doses: 25,263

NZ COVID-19 tracer

 

Registered users (total)

3,286,889

Poster scans (total)

419,607,307

Manual diary entries (total)

17,936,946

Poster scans in 24 hours to midday yesterday

2,581,918


New cases identified at the border

Arrival date

From

Via

Positive test day/reason

Managed isolation/quarantine location

7 October

Philippines

Singapore

Day 0 / routine

Wellington

White Sunday
The Ministry of Health is asking that the Tuvalu, Samoa and Tokelau communities, particularly in Auckland, please use online virtual church services or to keep their church services within approved bubble sizes when celebrating White Sunday or Lotu Tamaiti today.

North Shore Hospital update
Two patients who had previously tested positive to COVID-19 and were awaiting transfer to a quarantine facility were brought into the hospital’s emergency department for clinical assessment this morning to see whether they need hospital level care.

Separately a person receiving treatment at North Shore hospital dialysis unit yesterday tested positive for COVID-19.

Waitemata DHB says the person using dialysis was appropriately screened before coming to the unit and again on arrival at the unit. The person became unwell during treatment and was swabbed and subsequently tested positive.

The unit was temporarily closed yesterday afternoon so a deep clean could be completed.

Auckland Regional Public Health Services staff and the DHB are currently following up with other people who were receiving services in the unit at the same time as the person who has tested positive for COVID-19 to provide advice around isolation and testing.

Bay of Plenty update
A positive COVID-19 test result for a person currently living near Katikati was reported on Saturday. The current public health assessment is that there is low risk of any further spread from this case.

Test results indicate that infection is in the early stages. In addition, vaccination status of the individual, regular test history, good use of the COVID app and rapid public health follow up with family members reduce the risk of community spread.

All family members have been tested and are currently isolating.

Katikati residents and visitors since Wednesday October 6 are asked to keep checking the locations of interest page on the Ministry of Health website and follow the advice given.

Testing locations open today in Katikati and Tauranga:
Katikati Medical Centre, 4 Clive Road, Katikati, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Katikati Rugby and Sports Clubrooms, Fairview Rd, Katikati, 8:30am - 4:30pm (hours will be extended if there is high demand)
Tauranga Accident and Healthcare, 19 Second Avenue, Tauranga, 8:00am - 6:00pm.

Information on testing sites in other areas of the Bay of Plenty and Lakes can be found on the HealthPoint website: https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19/.

Waikato update
Today’s three new cases reported in Waikato are linked to existing cases. Interviews are continuing to determine any further contacts or locations of interest.

There are pop up testing sites operating today at Claudelands and Raglan. The existing testing centre at Founders Theatre is also open. The DHB reports 3646 swabs were taken yesterday.

Further details on exact locations and hours of testing sites are available on the Healthpoint and Waikato DHB sites.

The Ministry of Health urges anyone in the Waikato with any symptoms that could be COVID-19 to get a test.

The strong response to the call for vaccinations in Waikato continued with 7017 vaccines administered yesterday.

Alert levels for the whole of the Waikato will be reviewed again on Monday.

Update on Auckland case who travelled to Northland
The case reported October 7, who recently travelled to Northland, remains in an Auckland quarantine facility.

A second person who is thought to have travelled with this case has been contacted but not yet located.

The case was under investigation after returning a weak positive result from a test in Whangarei earlier this week and Friday returned a positive test result in Auckland.

Public health staff continue to work closely with the person to determine any locations of interest or exposure events associated with the case. Public Health staff are also working closely with Police to identify possible locations or areas of interest.

As these become available they will be added to the Ministry’s website as quickly as possible. We ask people to check these regularly, especially if you have visited, or live in Auckland, Waikato or Northland.

Anyone in Northland should remain vigilant for symptoms, particularly anyone who has visited a location of interest or been in an area of interest at the times specified should get tested and isolate until they receive the result.

Northland testing and vaccination centres
Whangarei – Rock and Roll car park, Pohe Island (9am–4pm), Kamo, 20 Winger Crescent (9am –4pm)
Kaikohe - Lindvart Park Pavillion, Penne Crescent (10am–2pm)
Kerikeri – 1 Sammaree Place (9am-4pm)
Kaitaia – Kaitaia Hospital, 29 Redan Road (9am-4pm)

Northland vaccination
Northland DHB, local iwi and providers are working hard to ensure as many Northlanders are vaccinated as possible.

Four clinics are open for vaccinations today, at Kaitaia, Whangarei, Dargaville, and Kerikeri.

As at 6am this morning, 187,357 doses administered across Northland, comprising 110,083 first doses and 77,274 second doses.

Yesterday, 1,101 first doses and 1,990 second doses were administered, totalling 3,091 doses across Northland.

MidCentral testing and vaccination centres
A positive case, in an individual from Auckland, who tested positive in Palmerston North and who had been in isolation on the hospital grounds was transferred Friday 8 October to Palmerston North hospital and is currently in isolation receiving treatment.

MidCentral DHB conducted 3324 vaccinations and 102 COVID-19 tests on Saturday 9 October.

Vaccination and testing centres available in the MidCentral rohe today are:

Vaccinations
Manfeild drive-through clinic, Feilding
Central Energy Trust Arena, Palmerston North

Testing
575 Main St, Palmerston North.

Testing and vaccinations
The two best tools we have in the continued fight against COVID-19 are testing and vaccinations – the numbers for both continue to be high.

The Ministry of Health urges anyone who has symptoms, no matter how mild, to please get tested.

Anyone who hasn’t already done so should book their vaccination today at https://bookmyvaccine.covid19.health.nz/

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Wrong again Slim

Posted on 11-10-2021 15:31 | By Justin T.

Singapore has a very very strong quarantine system for tourists and citizens, huge fines and restrictions. Read their government border entry requirements and note which countries are currently banned and you will find we are on that list. How many times do I have to tell you. Stop spreading misinformation please!

@Yadick

Posted on 11-10-2021 12:57 | By morepork

I was thinking exactly the same as you suggest when I saw that the Waikato "borders" could not be policed due to lack of manpower. Then I thought a bit more. We don’t have a "National Guard" as they do in the USA and our Defence Force is not intended for Policing. Maybe, in times of National disaster, we ask them to undertake that role (and they do so, very efficiently), but not as a "matter of course". So it really comes down to: "Can we trust the population to behave like grown-ups and obey the temporary constraints being imposed?" It is amazing to me that the vast majority of us CAN be trusted. (look overseas and see the images...) BUT, there are a small minority, as we have seen, who cannot be so trusted. The very rich (spoiled) and the patched gang members... Isolating Waikato is simply impractical.

@ Slim Shady

Posted on 11-10-2021 12:47 | By morepork

I considered your suggestion for level 2 and no borders. Doing this might encourage people to get vaccinated so that the level could be lowered, but it would also result in many more cases than we are currently having to deal with. A "suppression strategy" that has failed and morphed into a "containment strategy" is still a useful thing to pursue, inasmuch as there will be fewer cases and less spread because of it. (You can argue about the increased cost and "uncomfortability" but that argument will depend on whether you have loved ones affected by the virus...) I agree that the Government is remiss in many ways but, overall, our death rate is low, and that has to be the most important criterion for measuring the success of ANY strategy we employ.

Weak, Weak, Weak

Posted on 10-10-2021 22:34 | By

With these Weak borders we are vulnerable. What is the price? How much is one life? Why not utilize our under utilized defense forces?

Borders

Posted on 10-10-2021 17:29 | By

The country is divided. Lose the internal borders. Level 2 everywhere until 80% vaxxed, then Level 1. Accept it. Look at Singapore. Quarantine free entry to tourists, never mind it’s own people. The way this Government has treated it’s own citizens is deplorable.

Covid19

Posted on 10-10-2021 13:53 | By margaret mary

The horse has bolted