*Linked cases The total unlinked cases is of the cases reported within the past 14 days. The remainder of cases are now older than 14 days and have been closed. It is important to note that no onward transmission has occurred from these cases.
*Historical cases Five previously reported historical cases had a health status of ‘not recovered. These has been updated in our systems and have now been added to the historical case count, which is why the number has increased.
*Contacts We now have 1,242 contacts under active management. This is a change from reporting total contacts across the whole outbreak. The number of contacts under active management has fallen considerably over the past two weeks, as the majority of our contacts had exposures more than 18 days ago and have been closed.
*Wastewater Health officials are aware of two recently recovered cases, who were released from quarantine on 30 August and 4 September who live in the same area as the latest detection. Further investigations are being carried out.
Testing reminder Testing numbers were up yesterday.
Testing around New Zealand, and especially in Auckland, remains an essential part of the response to this outbreak. Health staff want to find cases and testing provides confidence for understanding the extent of any spread of COVID-19.
Workers who have been invited to have a voluntary one-off asymptomatic COVID-19 test are able to return to work while they wait for their test results as they are not symptomatic.
There is a focus on health sector workers from district health boards, primary care and community health providers, as well as some Government agencies, emergency services, supermarket operators, supply chain, post and logistics, petrol stations and dairies, transport operators and some local council workers.
These groups of workers are being contacted and asked to go to their local Community Testing Centre, and for a few organisations on-site testing is being provided.
For the remainder of today and tomorrow, a pop-up testing site has opened at the Gull service station at Hampton Downs.
People across Auckland are reminded to get tested if you have symptoms, especially if you live in and around Mt Eden, Massey, Favona, Ôtara, Papatoetoe, Mângere and Manurewa.
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