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13 New Cases of COVID-19

13 New Cases of COVID-19

Posted August 16, 2020

Media Release: Ministry of Health

There are 13 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand today – 12 in the community and one in managed isolation.

The case in managed isolation is a child who arrived in New Zealand on August 3 from Afghanistan via Dubai. They have been in managed isolation at the Pullman Hotel and tested negative around day 3 of their stay, then positive around day 12 of their stay.

They have been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility.

The 12 cases in the community are all Auckland-based and based on current information none has travelled outside of Auckland recently.

From early investigations all have a connection to the existing outbreak as close contacts of cases already reported.

There are three people receiving hospital-level care for COVID-19. Two are in Auckland City Hospital on a ward, and one person is in Middlemore on a ward. One is the person who has previously reported as being in hospital, one has been admitted overnight from the Auckland quarantine facility, and one person connected to the community outbreak has also been admitted to hospital.

To date, 66 people linked to the cluster have now been moved into the Auckland quarantine facility, including 29 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

The 13 new confirmed cases to report today bring the total number of confirmed cases to 1,271 which is the number reported to the World Health Organization.

The total number of active cases in New Zealand is now 69, of which 49 are from the recent community outbreak, and 20 are imported cases in managed isolation and quarantine facilities.

Of the 49 cases in the community outbreak, 46 are linked to the cluster, and three remain under investigation, but are believed to be linked to the same cluster.

The national tracing service has 1,536 close contacts identified; they have contacted 1,322 as at 10am this morning, and they are all self-isolating. The Ministry of Health is in the process of contacting the remaining close contacts.

If you are called by one of the contact tracing team please take or return the call.

In addition to Americold and Finance Now and the educational organisations the Ministry has also had contact with, they have also been working closely with religious institutions in relation to contact tracing and testing.

They are aware that one of the positive cases in Tokoroa was present at the Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology – Tokoroa campus on 10 and 11 August.

The Ministry of Health has also been working closely with Toi Ohomai to ensure anyone who needs to know about potential exposure has been contacted and given advice.

Contact tracing is well progressed with this, but if you were also present in the vicinity at this time please also monitor your health and contact Healthline or your GP with any concerns.

These institutions have all been very helpful in responding to this situation and are thanked for their efforts and cooperation.

All workplaces, churches and other institutions are asked to keep up to date records of their staff, volunteers and members, so officials can quickly contact anyone from a particular site as they may need to.


Unprecedented testing continues across the country with laboratories responding exceptionally well to meet the demand, the Ministry says.

Yesterday, laboratories processed 23,682 tests for COVID-19, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 571,942.

Because of the high volumes being seen it may take up to 48 hours for swabs to be processed through the labs. All results still need to be reported back through primary care and reported back to the patient which can add to the time for anindividual to hear their result.

All parts of this process are currently under pressure and delays may be seen at various points.

Only people who fit the criteria should get tested so that the highest risk swabs are getting processed as quickly as possible. Swabs of close contacts and other high risk people are prioritised and those with positive results are alerted quickly.

The Ministry of Health says it will be describing this outbreak separately to the overall COVID cases – these cases will still be included in the overall totals but this outbreak has distinct characteristics separate to the previous outbreak and will now be reported separately online.