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COVID Delta Update

COVID Delta Update

Posted October 14, 2021
Health , Media Release

Media Release: Ministry of Health

71 community cases of COVID-19; one case at the border; 87 percent of Aucklanders have one vaccine dose

Number of new community cases - 71

Number of new cases identified at the border - One

Location of new community cases Auckland (71)

Location of community cases (total) - Auckland 1,736 (1,172 of whom have recovered); Waikato 37 (two of whom have recovered); Wellington 17 (all of whom have recovered)

Number of community cases (total) - 1,790 (in current community outbreak)

Cases infectious in the community - 25 of yesterday’s cases have exposure events (45%)

Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious - 30 of yesterday’s cases (55%)

Cases epidemiologically linked - 43 of today’s 71 cases

Cases to be epidemiologically linked - 28 of today’s 71 cases. Interviews are ongoing to determine how they’re linked

Cases epidemiologically linked (total) - 1,665 in the current cluster (102 unlinked from the past 14 days)

Number of sub-clusters 16 epidemiologically linked subclusters. Of these, four are active, one is contained and 11 are dormant. There are 14 epidemiologically unlinked subclusters. Of these, four are active, one is contained and nine are dormant.

Cases in hospital - 33 (total): North Shore (4); Middlemore (17); Auckland (11); Palmerston North Hospital (1)

Cases in ICU or HDU - Five

Confirmed cases (total) - 4,472 since pandemic began

Historical cases, since 1 Jan 2021 (total) 169 out of 2,657 since 1 Jan 2021

Number of active contacts being managed (total): - 2,322

Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements) 79%

Percentage with at least one test result 77%

Locations of interest
Locations of interest (total) - 405 (as at 10am 14 October)

Number of tests (total) - 3,673,600

Number of tests total (last 24 hours) - 28,646

Tests processed in Auckland (last 24 hours) - 13,960

Tests rolling average (last 7 days) - 22,920

Testing centres in Auckland - 20

Wastewater detections - COVID-19 was detected in wastewater samples from Te Awamutu and Raglan. Follow-up samples are being taken

COVID-19 vaccine update

Vaccines administered to date (total) - 6,044,813; 1st doses: 3,496,757 2nd doses: 2,548,056

Vaccines administered yesterday (total) - 68,787; 1st doses: 15,704; 2nd doses: 53,083

Mâori - 1st doses: 357,690; 2nd doses: 230,423

Pacific Peoples - 1st doses: 222,680; 2nd doses: 154,180

Vaccines administered to Auckland residents to date (total) 2,194,081 1st doses: 1,252,558 (87%); 2nd doses: 941,523 (66%)

Vaccines administered to Auckland residents yesterday (total) 21,049: 1st doses: 3,725; 2nd doses: 17,324

Auckland update
Auckland health officials continue to carry out asymptomatic workplace testing, to help rule out any undetected community spread. Both essential workers who work at Level 4 and people in workplaces that are permitted to operate under Alert Level 3, including construction, hospitality, education, retail workers and community healthcare workers are encouraged to be tested regularly.

Any groups already undertaking surveillance testing, such as workers crossing alert level boundaries or border workers, do not need to participate in this additional testing.

There are 20 community testing centres available for testing across Auckland today, some with extended hours. A full list of testing centres can be found on the Healthpoint website.

There are currently eight suburbs of interest, where people with or without symptoms are asked to get tested. They are:

· Clover Park

· Mângere

· Favona

· Manurewa

· Mount Wellington/Sylvia Park

· Henderson

· Papakura

· Red Beach

People who don’t have symptoms and get a one-off COVID-19 test for surveillance purposes do not need to isolate while they wait for their result.

Waikato update
Waikato DHB is setting up a pop-up testing centre in Te Awamutu today following a positive wastewater detection in the area. The testing site will operate from 2pm to 5pm today.

Waikato DHB Public Health staff are investigating whether the wastewater detection represents a new current case or an old case who may be shedding the virus. In the meantime, anyone in Te Awamutu who has COVID-19 symptoms or has visited a location of interest should get tested immediately.

COVID-19 was also detected in a sample from Raglan on Tuesday. This follows earlier detections from samples taken last week. Anyone in Raglan with symptoms or has been at a location of interest at the relevant time is being asked to get tested.

Two community cases in Waikato reported yesterday remain unlinked but some potential connections have been identified and investigations continue. Results of whole genome sequencing are expected tonight. Hamilton residents are encouraged to keep checking the Ministry’s website for any locations of interest.

Vaccination rates in Waikato remained high yesterday with 6,327 people getting a dose. There were 3,680 swabs taken in Waikato yesterday.

Northland testing and vaccination centres

In Northland, people are asked to keep checking the Ministry of Health website for locations of interest in the region.

Today there are seven community testing sites and eight community vaccination centres operating. Details of locations and operating hours can be found on the Healthpoint website.

3,464 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were given yesterday - 1,215 first doses and 2,249 second doses. To date, there have been more than 200,000 doses administered in Northland.

For testing, the region saw 2,125 covid tests completed yesterday, taking the total since 6 October to 9,582 tests.