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COVID Update

COVID Update

Posted November 22, 2021
Health , Media Release

Media Release: Ministry of Health

1 death; 205 cases; 85 in hospital - six in ICU; more than 1.1 million My Vaccine Passes created

Death of a patient with COVID-19

Sadly, today the death of a patient with COVID-19 is being reported.

Counties Manukau Health has informed the Ministry of the death of a man in his 40s at Middlemore Hospital.

No further information will be released until conversations with the man’s family have concluded.

Thoughts are with the man’s family and friends at this deeply sad time.


Number of new community cases 205

Number of new cases identified at the border

Seven day rolling average of community cases 186

There are no new cases to report at the border.

Location of new community cases Auckland (175), Waikato (20), Northland (4), Bay of Plenty (5), Lakes (1).

Location of community cases (total) Auckland 6,560 (2,160 of whom have recovered); Waikato 351 (98 recovered); Wellington 18 (17 recovered); Northland 66 (28 recovered); Nelson/Marlborough 1 (recovered); Canterbury 7 (3 recovered); Taranaki 6; Lakes 22; MidCentral 3; Bay of Plenty 17; Wairarapa 3.

Number of community cases (total) 7,054 (in current community outbreak)*

Confirmed cases (total) 9,811*

Historical cases 196 out of 8,002 cases since 1 January

Cases infectious in the community 42 of yesterday’s cases reported have exposure events

Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious 106 of yesterday’s reported cases have no exposure events

Cases epidemiologically linked 103 of today’s 149 new cases

Cases to be epidemiologically linked 102 of today’s 205 new cases

Cases epidemiologically linked (total) 5,361 (891 unlinked in the last 14 days)


Cases in hospital 85: North Shore (20); Middlemore (22); Auckland (38); Whangarei (1); Waikato (4); – an increase of 2 hospitalisations on yesterday.

Vaccination status of current hospitalisations (Northern Region wards only as of 22 November) Unvaccinated or not eligible (45 cases / 56%); partially vaccinated<14 days (9 cases / 11%) partially vaccinated >14 days (6 cases / 8%); fully vaccinated <14 days (1 case / 1%) fully vaccinated >14 days (17 cases / 21%); unknown (2 cases / 2%).

Average age of current hospitalisations 48

Cases in ICU or HDU Six


Number of active contacts being managed (total): 6,473

Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements) 69%

Percentage who have returned at least one result 47%

Locations of interest

Locations of interest (total) 148 (as at 10.00am, 22 November)


Number of tests (total) 4,687,220

Number of tests total (last 24 hours) 23,153

Tests processed in Auckland (last 24 hours) 7,691

Tests rolling average (last 7 days) 29,110

Testing centres in Auckland 18


Wastewater detections No unexpected detections to report.

*One previously reported community case has been reclassified as a MIF case, resulting in a net increase of 204 cases in the outbreak.

Auckland update

Today, there are 175 new cases to report in Auckland.

There are 18 community centres available for testing across Auckland today. The testing centres at Northcote, Balmoral, Ôtara and Wiri continue to operate extended hours to increase access to testing.

People in Auckland with symptoms, no matter how mild, are urged to get tested – even if they are vaccinated – and remain isolated until they return a negative result.

Public health staff are now supporting 4,416 people to isolate at home around Auckland - this includes 1,570 cases.

MidCentral update

Today we are reporting one new case in the MidCentral region.

This case will officially be included in the Ministry’s numbers tomorrow, as notification of the case was received after the morning cut-off today.

This person is based in Palmerston North and linked to a previously reported case.

Public health staff have deemed the public health risk is low as this person has been isolating since November 17.

Any locations of interest will be uploaded to the Ministry of Health’s webpage if and when they’re identified.

Anyone in the Pahiatua area who has even the mildest of covid symptoms is encouraged to have a Covid swab given the positive wastewater results on 15, 16 and 18 November.

The Ministry continues to encourage testing for anyone with mild symptoms of COVID-19 across Horowhenua, Manawatū, and Tararua.

For more information on testing locations across the region, please go to Healthpoint.

Yesterday there were 267 tests across the MidCentral region.

For a full list of vaccination centres in the MidCentral region, please visit Healthpoint .

Waikato update

There are 20 new cases being reported in Waikato today.

Testing sites are operating across Waikato today in Hamilton, Ôtorohanga, Huntly, Thames, Te Kûiti, Tokoroa, and Putâruru.

There were 2,106 tests processed in Waikato yesterday and 639 vaccinations. Yesterday, the region passed 90% of the eligible population having had their first dose.

In the Waikato region, public health staff are now supporting 145 cases to isolate at home.

Bay of Plenty

There are five new cases being reported in the Bay of Plenty today.

Four of these cases are linked to existing cases in Mount Manganui. Investigations are underway into any possible links between the remaining case and any known cases.

It is critical that anyone with any cold or flu symptoms gets tested as quickly as possible – maintaining a high rate of testing in the Bay of Plenty will help to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Testing locations for the Bay of Plenty can be found on the Healthpoint website.

Case interviews continue to identify new locations of interest which are being added regularly to the webpage .

Everyone who lives in or has travelled to the region is asked to monitor locations of interest daily and follow any advice given.


Today there is one new case in Lakes. This case is in Taupō and is a close contact of a known case.

Anyone with COVID-19 related symptoms in the region, is encouraged to get tested – even if the symptoms are mild.

Testing is available today in Rotorua and Taupō .

Please check the Healthpoint website for details. Yesterday, 313 tests were carried out across the region.

Northland update

There are four new cases in Northland being reported today. Three of these are in Kaikohe and are linked to an existing case.

The fourth case is a border worker who has not yet been linked to a known case. Public health officials are today interviewing this case to determine whether they are a community or a border-related case, and to identify any locations of interest.

All active cases are being cared for in the community except one person who is in Whangârei Hospital in a stable condition.

There were 361 swabs taken across Northland yesterday and testing centres open today can be found here.

There were 177 vaccinations given yesterday, bringing Northland’s cumulative total to 247,289. Vaccination clinics open in Northland today can be found here.

Testing & vaccinations today

Anyone in New Zealand with COVID-19-related symptoms – no matter how mild – is encouraged to get tested, even if they are vaccinated.

People are also encouraged to take advantage of the weekend to get vaccinated, with many sites available nationwide.

COVID-19 testing and vaccination site locations are available on the Healthpoint website .

Changes to saliva testing requirements

The Ministry has updated the position on the use of saliva for diagnostic testing for COVID-19, based on an updated review of the evidence and results of testing in New Zealand.

This means saliva testing for surveillance purposes for some groups of workers can be reduced from twice weekly to once a week, and there is no need for a follow-up nasopharyngeal swab to confirm a positive saliva test result.

The Ministry’s testing strategy is always led by public health and science advice.