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6 new cases of COVID-19

6 new cases of COVID-19

Posted August 22, 2020
Health

Media Release: Ministry of Health

There are six new confirmed cases of COVID-19 to report in the community in New Zealand today.Four are epidemiologically linked to the cluster in Auckland – two are household contacts and two are church contacts. The other two cases reported today remain under investigation.

There are 145 people linked to the cluster who have been moved into the Auckland quarantine facility. This includes 75 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and their household contacts.

This morning the Ministry of Health had identified 2,060 close contacts, and 2,004 have been contacted and are self-isolating, and they are in the process of contacting the rest.

For the period August 13-19, 84% of close contacts were contacted and isolated within 48 hours of the case being notified to the local PHU.

The six new cases reported today bring the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 to 1,321, which is the number reported to the World Health Organization.

The total number of active cases in New Zealand is 111. Sixteen of the active cases are imported cases from managed isolation facilities.

There are nine people with COVID-19 in hospital - two in Auckland City Hospital, four people in Middlemore, two people in North Shore Hospital and one person in Waikato Hospital.

Six people are stable on a ward, and three people in Middlemore are in ICU.

All of the cases who are in hospital are isolated and carefully managed separately from other patients. The public can be confident that DHBs are managing this effectively, as they did in the first outbreak of COVID-19 in New Zealand. They have heard reports of people who are reluctant to get an ambulance or go to hospital – hospitals continue to be safe places to receive medical care, and people should feel confident going to hospital to receive treatment.

Laboratories processed 12,256 tests for COVID-19 yesterday, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 685,476.

Exemptions

Under the current Alert Level 3 restrictions there are strict criteria around who can enter and leave Auckland.

The Ministry has received more than 10,000 applications for exemptions. These applications are being assigned to teams for processing as soon as they come in – to date the team has approved more than 1,400 applications and declined around 300.

Urgent exemptions, for example, to visit a dying relative, are prioritised and dealt with promptly.

People are encouraged to check the information on the website to see whether they need to apply.

To make the application process easier, the team is working on creating a form that will be on the website soon.