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COVID Delta Update

COVID Delta Update

Posted October 18, 2021
Health , Media Release

Media Release: Ministry of Health

60 community cases of COVID-19; 5 new border cases; 89 percent of Aucklanders complete one vaccine dose
 

There are 60 new community cases today; 57 in Auckland and three in the Waikato. As at 10am, 36 of these cases are linked - 18 of which are household contacts - and 24 remain unlinked, with investigations continuing to help determine their connection to the outbreak.

Cases
Number of new community cases - 60

Number of new cases identified at the border - Five

Location of new community cases Auckland (57) Waikato (3)

Location of community cases (total) - Auckland 1,943 (1,350 of whom have recovered); Waikato 45 (3 of whom have recovered); Wellington 17 (all of whom have recovered)

Number of community cases (total) - 2,005 (in current community outbreak)

Cases infectious in the community - 25 of yesterday’s 51 cases have exposure events

Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious - 26 of yesterday’s 51 cases

Cases epidemiologically linked - 36 of today’s 60 cases

Cases to be epidemiologically linked - 24 of today’s 60 cases

Cases epidemiologically linked (total) - 1,841 (in the current cluster) (140 unlinked from the past 14 days)

Cases in hospital - 30 (total): North Shore (5); Middlemore (12); Auckland (13)

Cases in ICU or HDU - Five

Confirmed cases (total) * - 4,696 since pandemic began

Historical cases - 171 out of 2,881 since 1 Jan 2021

Contacts
Number of active contacts being managed (total): - 1896

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) - 455 (as at 10am 18 October)

Tests
Number of tests (total) - 3,773,075

Number of tests total (last 24 hours) - 20,809

Tests processed in Auckland (last 24 hours) - 7,490

Tests rolling average (last 7 days)24,355

Testing centres in Auckland - 19

Wastewater
Wastewater detections - Ongoing detections at most sites across Auckland

COVID-19 vaccine update
Vaccines administered to date (total) - 6,344,212; 1st doses: 3,572,298 (85%); 2nd doses: 2,271,914 (66%)

Vaccines administered yesterday (total) 29,661; 1st doses: 6,253 2nd doses: 23,408

Mâori - 1st doses: 376,983 (66%); 2nd doses: 254,631 (45%)

Pacific Peoples - 1st doses: 230,361 (80%); 2nd doses: 170,091 (59%)

Vaccines administered to Auckland residents to date (total) 2,294,199: 1st doses: 1,271,322 (89%); 2nd doses: 1,022,871 (71%)

Vaccines administered to Auckland residents yesterday (total) 11,259: 1st doses: 2,005; 2nd doses: 9,254

*One case reported yesterday has been reclassified as under investigation as a possible historical case and has been removed from the case total.

Northland update
A number of testing sites remain open around Northland today, including at the Three Furlongs Bar and Grill in Kaiwaka – on the boundary between Northland and Auckland. This site will also be open for testing tomorrow.

Auckland update
A staff member at Remuera Gardens retirement village in Auckland has been confirmed as having COVID-19 and was at work whilst infectious.

Public health staff are confident the risk of infection is low but, as a precaution, testing is being arranged for all staff and residents. Both staff and residents at the village have very high vaccination rates.

Public health staff in Auckland are continuing to urge anyone who is moving around Auckland in Level 3 to get a test if they have symptoms of COVID-19.

There are 19 community testing centres available for testing across Auckland today.A full list of sites and opening hours can be found on the Healthpoint website.

Mobile surveillance testing of residential facilities is continuing, including emergency housing, transitional housing, boarding houses, motels and community housing providers. So far, testing has been completed at approximately 50 sites.

Waikato update
There are three new cases in Waikato. One is linked to known cases, while interviews and investigations are continuing to determine any link for the other two cases.

Investigations are also continuing to determine the links of two cases reported last week and two cases from yesterday.

Yesterday there were 4,020 tests undertaken in Waikato and almost 1,489 doses of vaccine administered.