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COVID Delta Update

COVID Delta Update

Posted October 17, 2021

Media Release: Ministry of Health

51 community cases of COVID-19; 2 new cases in managed isolation; more than 130,000 vaccines administered yesterday

There are 51 new community cases today; 47 are in Auckland and four are in the Waikato. As at 9 am today, 28 of these cases are linked, of whom 18 are household contacts, and 23 remain unlinked with investigations continuing to help determine their connection to the current outbreak.

Super Saturday

Super Saturday resulted in a record-breaking 130,002 people putting their arms out for vaccinations yesterday, Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said.

“People across the motu embraced Super Saturday like their communities’ lives depended on it. It was inspiring to witness as we know the COVID-19 vaccine is key to our efforts to control the virus.

“Auckland did incredibly well with its biggest ever vaccination day and I congratulate and thank everyone there who stepped forward to protect themselves, their whānau and their community – 41,081 people were vaccinated there yesterday, including 9,039 first doses and 32,042 second doses.

“They’ve hit 89 per cent of their eligible population who have had their first dose and are tantalisingly close to reaching 90 per cent. I continue to urge everyone in Auckland who hasn’t received their first vaccination to get vaccinated as soon as possible. And remember, we’re not stopping at 90% - the higher, the better for everyone.”

At the start of yesterday, 29,399 more people in Auckland to get their first dose to reach 90 per cent so it’s only 20,360 short. Over the past week, Auckland averaged about 4000 first doses daily so is on track to reach that milestone this week.

A more detailed breakdown of the vaccination data by District Health Board will be released shortly.


Number of new community cases - 51

Number of new cases identified at the border - Two

Location of new community cases Auckland (47) Waikato (4)

Location of community cases (total)* - Auckland 1,886 (1,303 of whom have recovered); Waikato 42 (2 of whom have recovered); Wellington 17 (all of whom have recovered)

Number of community cases (total) - 1,945 (in current community outbreak)

Cases infectious in the community - 19 of yesterday’s 41 cases have exposure events

Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious 22 of yesterday’s 41 cases

Cases epidemiologically linked - 28 of today’s 51 cases

Cases to be epidemiologically linked - 23 of today’s 51 cases

Cases epidemiologically linked (total) - 1,795 (in the current cluster) (127 unlinked from the past 14 days)

Cases in hospital - 29 (total): North Shore (4); Middlemore (14); Auckland (11)

Cases in ICU or HDU - Five

Confirmed cases (total) - 4,632 since pandemic began

Historical cases, since 1 Jan 2021 (total) 171 out of 2,817 since 1 Jan 2021


Number of active contacts being managed (total): - 1973

Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements) 84%

Percentage with at least one test result 75%

Locations of interest

Locations of interest (total) - 447 (as at 10 am 17 October)


Number of tests (total) - 3,752,266

Number of tests total (last 24 hours) - 26,667

Tests processed in Auckland (last 24 hours) - 8,895

Tests rolling average (last 7 days) - 23,575

Testing centres in Auckland - 17


Wastewater detections** See below

COVID-19 vaccine update

Vaccines administered to date (total) - 6,314,182; 1st doses: 3,565,822 (85%); 2nd doses: 2,748,360 (65%)

Vaccines administered yesterday (total) 130,002; 1st doses: 39,025; 2nd doses: 90,977

Māori - 1st doses: 375,387 (66%); 2nd doses: 252,419 (44%)

Pacific Peoples - 1st doses: 229,483 (80%); 2nd doses: 168,177 (59%)

Vaccines administered to Auckland residents to date (total) 2,282,830: 1st doses: 1,269,236 (89%); 2nd doses: 1,013,594 (71%)

Vaccines administered to Auckland residents yesterday (total) 41,081: 1st doses: 9,039, 2nd doses: 32,042

Waikato update

Four new cases were confirmed in the Waikato overnight. Two cases (one in Hamilton and one in Raglan) were known contacts of existing cases, including one individual who was already in managed isolation.

Investigations are underway to determine how the other two cases are connected to the current outbreak. One lives in Hamilton and the other has an address in Kihikihi. It is possible that the Kihikihi case is the source of the wastewater detections in Te Awamutu, however this has not yet been confirmed.

Waikato DHB is continuing to carry out regionwide testing and anyone with symptoms is encouraged to get tested – particularly for residents of Raglan, Te Awamutu and Kihikihi. Testing will be available tomorrow in Kihikihi. The location of testing sites available today in the Waikato are below, and are also available on the Healthpoint website and the Waikato DHB website .

Pop-up testing site Te Awamutu

Te Awamutu Event Centre carpark, Gorst Avenue, Te Awamutu

Sunday 11-5 pm

Pop-up testing site Hamilton

Te Kohao Health, 951 Wairere Drive, Hamilton East

7 days - 10 am - 4 pm

Claudelands Event Centre, Gate 3 Brooklyn Rd

Thursday 14 - Sunday 17 October 10 am - 6 pm

Pop-up testing site Raglan

Raglan Area School, Norrie Ave, Raglan

Thursday 14 - Sunday 17 October - 10 am - 1 pm

Super Saturday was a big success in the Waikato with 10,088 people getting out to be vaccinated. Of those people, 3,887 received their first dose and 6,201 their second dose. There were 6,080 swabs taken for testing around the region.


Following two positive detections in wastewater samples in Wellsford, it can be confirmed that there is one household in the area with cases. Wellsford residents are urged to remain vigilant and get tested if they have any symptoms.

There is a pop-up community testing centre open today at Warkworth until 4 pm – please call ahead to book your test. COVID-19 testing is also available at general practice and urgent care clinics. A pop-up testing centre will be operating in Kaiwaka from 10 am to 5 pm from tomorrow. For other testing locations, visit the Healthpoint website .