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COVID Delta Update

COVID Delta Update

Posted October 16, 2021
Health , Media Release

Media Release: Ministry of Health

41 community cases of COVID-19; two new cases in managed isolation; 78,372 doses of vaccine delivered so far during Super Saturday at 1.58 pm

There are 41 new community cases today. As at 10 am, 20 of these cases are linked, 13 of which are household contacts and 21 remain unlinked with investigations continuing to help determine their connection to the current outbreak.

Super Saturday
Super Saturday has kicked off strongly this morning with thousands of people around the country rolling up their sleeves for their COVID-19 vaccinations.

By 1 pm, 69,582 today people have been vaccinated today, 19,773 with their first dose and 49,809 with their second dose.

Today’s numbers include 5,443 first doses and 6,004 second doses for Māori.

Today, 1,979 Pacific people have received their first vaccination and 4,215 the second dose.

In Auckland today 4,490 Aucklanders have had their first dose and 17,714 their second.

A huge range of events are underway around the country with more than 120 extra vaccination sites open – from the TSS Earnslaw in Queenstown to the Air New Zealand Jabaseat in Auckland.

New Zealand’s first-ever Vaxathon launched at midday today to celebrate the regions with the biggest change in vaccination numbers and is featuring lots of well-known Kiwis who are mobilising to support Super Saturday.

Vaccination remains the government’s number one protection against COVID-19. The Vaxathon is encouraging New Zealanders – particularly young Māori, Pacific and people living with a disability to get vaccinated.

To best protect your whānau, community, and the rest of New Zealand the government is asking you to help them to reach your friends, whânau, and colleagues who may still have some hesitation about being vaccinated and need some help and support to get it done.

“The more of us who are fully vaccinated, the more protection we will have.”

Daily numbers
Number of new community cases * - 41

Number of new cases identified at the border - Two

Location of new community cases Auckland (40); Waikato (1)

Location of community cases (total) - Auckland 1,840 (1,228 of whom have recovered); Waikato 38 (2 of whom have recovered); Wellington 17 (all of whom have recovered)

Number of community cases (total) - 1,895 (in current community outbreak)

Cases infectious in the community - 35 of yesterday’s 64 cases have exposure events

Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious 25 of yesterday’s 64 cases

Cases epidemiologically linked - 20 of today’s 41 cases

Cases to be epidemiologically linked - 21 of today’s 41 cases.

Cases epidemiologically linked (total) - 1,748 (in the current cluster) (124 unlinked from the past 14 days)

Sub-clusters - Given the number of unlinked cases each day, subclusters are not currently being used in the active management of the outbreak in Auckland. Epidemiological links are being explored during case interviews and whole genome sequencing is being undertaken on all cases, but the focus is on isolating cases and identifying, testing and isolating close contacts.

Cases in hospital - 31 (total): North Shore (3); Middlemore (17); Auckland (11);

Cases in ICU or HDU - Six

Confirmed cases (total) 4,580 since pandemic began

Historical cases, since 1 Jan 2021 (total) 171 out of 2,765 since 1 Jan 2021

Number of active contacts being managed (total): - 2,032

Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements) 83%

Percentage with at least one test result 75%

Locations of interest
Locations of interest (total) - 446 (as at 10 am 16 October)

Number of tests (total) - 3,725,599

Number of tests total (last 24 hours) - 24,285

Tests processed in Auckland (last 24 hours)

Tests rolling average (last 7 days) - 22,683

Testing centres in Auckland - 20

Wastewater detections See below

COVID-19 vaccine update

Vaccines administered to date (total) - 6,183,988; 1st doses: 3,526,668 (84%); 2nd doses: 2,657,320 (63%)

Vaccines administered yesterday (total) 69,663; 1st doses:14,037; 2nd doses: 55,626

Māori - 1st doses: 364,556; 2nd doses: 241,532

Pacific Peoples - 1st doses: 225,288; 2nd doses: 160,074

Vaccines administered to Auckland residents to date (total) 2,241,688: 1st doses: 1,260,137 (88%); 2nd doses: 981,551 (69%)

Vaccines administered to Auckland residents yesterday (total) 26,684: 1st doses:4,056, 2nd doses:

*Today’s cases
A previously reported community case has been identified as a duplicate and subsequently removed from the case tally. The net increase today is 40 community cases.

A community case reported in yesterday’s figures has been reclassified and the net increase to yesterday’s figures is one less - 64.

Waikato update
There is one new positive COVID-19 case to report from the Waikato outbreak. The case is a household member of two existing cases and is already in a quarantine facility in Auckland.

Waikato DHB is continuing to carry out regionwide testing, to help rule out any undetected community spread of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, vaccination rates in Waikato remained high yesterday with 5,789 people receiving a dose – of these, 1,591 were first doses, and a further 4,198 were second doses.

Northland update
There was a steady number of tests – 1,593, completed in Northland yesterday; and demand for vaccinations was strong too, with 2,101 doses administered in total – of these 719 were first doses and 1,382 were second doses.

Locations of testing sites in various regions around the country are available on the Healthpoint website .

Woman connected to Northland pair in quarantine
An Auckland woman associated with the two women who travelled to Northland has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in an Auckland quarantine facility. She was in Northland with the other two women.

Public health officials have determined she wasn’t infectious while she was in Northland between 2-8 October. Her infectious period has been determined as beginning after she returned to Auckland.

Three household contacts and two other contacts have been identified by public health officials. These contacts follow a visit to a private home in Auckland and shared transport to the testing centre.

Wastewater results
There continues to be positive COVID-19 detections in wastewater samples taken from Raglan. This reflects known cases in the area who have been granted exemptions to isolate at home. However, symptomatic locals are encouraged to please get tested.

There have also been positive detections in wastewater from Beachlands and Pukekohe. These followed earlier detections at both sites on 8 October. People in these areas with symptoms are also asked to please get tested.

People in Wellsford are urged to get tested after two positive detections in wastewater samples. Further samples are currently being analysed. There are testing stations open today at both Wellsford and Warkworth, and a pop-up testing centre is expected to open on Monday in Mangawhai.

Next update
The Ministry’s next update is scheduled for tomorrow (Sunday), via a 1 pm statement.