There are 6 new confirmed community cases of COVID-19 and 1 new case under investigation
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Posted August 15, 2020
Media Release: Ministry of Health
There are 6 new confirmed community cases of COVID-19 and 1 new case under investigation.
In total, there are 56 active cases - 37 are from the community outbreak in Auckland and 19 are imported cases in managed isolation/quarantine.
6 of the 7 new cases are already linked to the existing cluster in Auckland. One of the new cases remains under investigation. This is in addition to the one case from yesterday where the link to the outbreak is still being investigated. In both cases the Ministry of Health feels confident that they will be linked to the cluster.
54 people linked to the cluster have been moved to a quarantine facility, including 24 people who have tested positive.
The total number of confirmed cases to date is 1,258.
The National Contact Tracing service has 1,090 close contacts identified. 934 of those have been contacted and are in self isolation. Others are being contacted.
The two people in Tokoroa who have tested positive for COVID-19 are being moved to the quarantine facility in Auckland. Their families and close contacts are in self isolation with oversight from the local medical officer of health and support from the local community and Iwi. All of their close contacts have returned negative tests.
All staff and residents at the Morrinsville aged residential care facility have been tested and all have returned negative tests. They will continue to do 14 days of self isolation as a precautionary measure.
Masks are now available out in the community. 3 out of 5 million masks were to be made available to community groups and social groups.
Travel exemptions: With the Auckland border being closed, exemption processes are in place. Details about how to apply for an exemption are available on the Ministry of Health’s website.
There are 2 investigations underway of International travellers - one who travelled to Japan and the other one who travelled to Belgium who tested positive on arrival. Both were asymptomatic in NZ. Both cases are considered low risk and there is no evidence that they were infectious. As a precautionary measure, contact tracing and testing of all close contacts is being done. All close contacts so far have returned negative tests.
There have been no positive tests from the border and managed isolation facilities over the last few days. All border and MIQ staff continue to be tested.
Yesterday, labs processed 23,846 tests. This brings the number of tests completed since 12 Aug to 49,780. Some tests may take up to 48 hours to be processed and reported back.