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15 new community cases of COVID-19

15 new community cases of COVID-19

Posted September 14, 2021
Health

Media Release: Ministry of Health

15 community cases of COVID-19; two border cases in managed isolation - specific areas urged to get tested - Aucklanders urged to get vaccinated

Number of new community cases - 15

Number of new cases identified at the border - Two

Location of new cases - Auckland

Location of community cases (total) - Auckland 953 (382 of whom have recovered); Wellington 17 (12 of whom have recovered)

Number of community cases (total) - 970 (in current community outbreak)

Cases infectious in the community Eight (26%) of yesterday’s cases have exposure events

Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious - 23 (74%) of yesterday’s cases

Cases epidemiologically linked - All 15 are household contacts

Cases to be epidemiologically linked - Zero of today’s cases

*Cases epidemiologically linked (total) - 942 (in current cluster) (10 unlinked)

Number of sub-clusters Nine epidemiologically linked subclusters. The two largest subclusters are the Mangere church group: 381; and Birkdale social network cluster: 77.

There are nine epidemiologically unlinked subclusters.

Cases in hospital - 22 (total): North Shore (4); Auckland (8); Middlemore (10)

Cases in ICU or HDU - Four

Confirmed cases (total) - 3,610 since pandemic began

*Historical cases, since 1 Jan 2021 (total) - 142 out of 1,792 since 1 Jan 2021

*Contacts

Number of active contacts being managed (total) - 1,242

Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements) - 89%

Percentage with at least one test result - 85%

Locations of interest
Locations of interest (total) - 133 (as at 10am 14 September)

Tests
Number of tests (total) - 3,158,224

Number of tests total (last 24 hours) - 9,279

Tests rolling average (last 7 days) - 12,735

Tests in Auckland (last 24 hours) - 7,823

Testing centres in Auckland - 22

*Wastewater
Wastewater detections - One sample from Pukekohe detected the COVID-19 virus. Further tests are underway

COVID-19 vaccine update
Vaccines administered to date (total) - 4,380,953; 1st doses: 2,897,385; 2nd doses: 1,483,568

Vaccines administered yesterday (total) 54,877; 1st doses: 34,145; 2nd doses: 20,732

*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.