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No new COVID-19 cases

No new COVID-19 cases

Posted March 05, 2021
Health

Media Release: Ministry of Health

There are no new cases of COVID-19 to report in the community today.

There are no new cases to report in managed isolation.

The total number of active cases in New Zealand is 68. The total number of confirmed cases is 2,033.

Testing update

Strong demand for testing, particularly in Auckland, continues.

On Thursday, 11,402 tests were processed. More than 69,000 tests have been processed in the last week, with a seven-day rolling average up to yesterday of 9,903 tests processed.

The total number of tests processed by laboratories to date is 1,763,008.

For up-to-date information on testing locations in Auckland visit www.arphs.health.nz/covid19test

For all testing locations nationwide visit www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19

As always, anywhere you are in the country, if you have symptoms please stay home and call Healthline (0800 358 5453) for advice.

Auckland February cases contact tracing update

Public health and contact tracing teams have scaled up their approach in response to the more transmissible variant.

These people have been working long hours, seven days a week, to follow up with all close contacts as quickly as possible and are in daily contact with people isolating.

In the Auckland February outbreak, close to 6,000 people have been contacted and provided with advice and information on testing and self-isolation.

Local public health officials, contact tracers and interpreters and have also worked closely with other agencies and organisations to provide outreach and support to communities, including those from different ethnic and language backgrounds.

The dates and times of potential exposure events are on the locations of interest page on the Ministry’s website. This page also has public health advice for contacts.

Good progress has been made and the Ministry of Health would like to particularly acknowledge the Papatoetoe High School community. All the outstanding Papatoetoe students have been contacted and retested and have all returned negative results.

A public health plan is in place around the two students who have declined to be tested. These students are being closely managed by Auckland public health officials.

Waste water testing

Further results from ESR’s wastewater testing have come in. Samples taken on Wednesday from three Auckland sites, including Papatoetoe, have all come back negative for the virus. An additional sample was taken from a site closer to Papatoetoe on the same day, also testing negative.

A sample from the South Western Interceptor came back positive for the same day, but this is a regular occurrence as it is near the Auckland quarantine facility.

Historical cases

Since January 1, there have now been 37 historical cases, out of a total of 223 cases.

It’s critical to keep track of where you’ve been and the COVID Tracer app is an easy way to do this. Please continue to scan QR codes wherever you go and turn on Bluetooth tracing in the app dashboard if you haven’t already done so.