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Today New Zealand has hit its highest daily case total since the COVID outbreak

Today New Zealand has hit its highest daily case total since the COVID outbreak

Posted October 19, 2021

Media Release: Ministry of Health

Today New Zealand has hit its highest daily case total since the COVID outbreak

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

There are 94 new community cases of COVID-19 to report today; 87 in Auckland and seven in Waikato. As of 10 am, 41 of these cases are linked – 26 of which are household contacts – and 53 remain unlinked, with investigations continuing to help determine their connection to the outbreak .

Number of new community cases - 94

Number of new cases identified at the border - Five

Location of new community cases Auckland (87) Waikato (7)

Location of community cases (total) - Auckland 2,030 (1,360 of whom have recovered); Waikato 52 (7 of whom have recovered); Wellington 17 (all of whom have recovered)

Number of community cases (total) - 2,099 (in current community outbreak)

Cases infectious in the community - 34 of yesterday’s 60 cases have exposure events

Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious - 26 of yesterday’s 60 cases

Cases epidemiologically linked - 41 of today’s 94 cases

Cases to be epidemiologically linked - 53 of today’s 94 cases

Cases epidemiologically linked (total) - 1,891 (in the current cluster) (183 unlinked from the past 14 days)

Cases in hospital - 38 (total): North Shore (8); Middlemore (12); Auckland (18)

Cases in ICU or HDU - Five

Confirmed cases (total)* 4,794 since pandemic began

Historical cases - 171 out of 2,979 since 1 Jan 2021

Number of active contacts being managed (total): - 2,039

Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements) 82%

Percentage with at least one test result 73%

Locations of interest
Locations of interest (total) - 439 (as at 10am 19 October)

Number of tests (total) - 3,789,996

Number of tests total (last 24 hours) - 16,921

Tests processed in Auckland (last 24 hours) - 12,688

Tests rolling average (last 7 days) - 24,406

Testing centres in Auckland - 19

Wastewater detections - Ongoing detections at most sites across Auckland, as well as new but expected detections in Hamilton and Te Awamutu.

COVID-19 vaccine update

Vaccines administered to date (total) - 6,387,870; 1st doses: 3,582,822 (85%); 2nd doses: 2,805,048 (67%)

Vaccines administered yesterday (total) 42,793; 1st doses: 10,025 2nd doses: 32,768

Māori - 1st doses: 379,563 (66%); 2nd doses: 258,018 (45%)

Pacific Peoples - 1st doses: 231,295 (81%); 2nd doses: 171,818 (60%)

Vaccines administered to Auckland residents to date (total) 2,308,268: 1st doses: 1,274,317 (89%); 2nd doses: 1,033,951 (72%)

Vaccines administered to Auckland residents yesterday (total) 14,026: 1st doses: 2,960; 2nd doses: 11,066

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

Auckland update
Public health staff are continuing to urge anyone in Auckland to, please, get a test if they have symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of which suburb they live in.

There are increased cases across the region, so everyone needs to remain vigilant.

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

Mobile surveillance testing of residential facilities is also continuing, including emergency housing, transitional housing, boarding houses, motels and community housing providers. So far, this testing has involved around 50 sites.

Waikato update
There are seven new cases to report today in the Waikato region – initial interviews show all are linked to known cases.

Investigations are continuing to determine the links of two cases reported last week and two cases reported on Sunday (17 October).

Waikato DHB is continuing to carry out regionwide testing, to rule out any undetected community spread of COVID-19, with around 3,370 swabs taken across the region yesterday.

Testing locations in and around Waikato are available on the Healthpoint website and the Waikato DHB website . Pop up testing sites are also operating in Hamilton, Whatawhata (west of Hamilton) and Kihikihi (near Te Awamutu).

Meanwhile, vaccination rates in Waikato remained steady yesterday with 2,939 people receiving a dose – of these, 891 were first doses, and a further 2,048 were second doses.

A total of 529,803 vaccines have been administered across the region to date.

Northland update
The Ministry of Health is continuing to encourage anyone in Northland who is symptomatic to get a test.

Yesterday there were 953 tests taken across the region. All tests processed to date have returned negative.

Today there are nine testing centres open across Northland, including the Three Furlongs Bar and Grill in Kaiwaka – on the boundary between Northland and Auckland.

Testing locations across the region are available on the Healthpoint website and the Northland DHB website .

Northland is at Alert Level 3. The region will move to Alert Level 2 at 11:59 pm tonight (Tuesday 19 October).