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COVID Update

Posted November 25, 2021
Health , Media Release

Media Release: Ministry of Health

1 dead; 178 cases; 77 people in hospital - 8 people in ICU; more than 18,000 vaccine doses administered yesterday

Death of a patient with COVID-19
Sadly, today the COVID-19-related death of a patient at Auckland City Hospital yesterday afternoon is reported.

The patient, who was in their late 50s, was admitted to Auckland City Hospital on 5 November 2021.

Thoughts are with the patient’s whānau and friends at this deeply sad time.

Seven day rolling average of community cases 190

Number of new community cases 178

Number of new cases identified at the border Four

Location of new community cases Auckland (149), Waikato (16), Northland (2), Bay of Plenty (9), Lakes (1), MidCentral (1)

Location of community cases (total) Auckland 7,088660 (2,2878 of whom have recovered); Waikato 393 (109 of whom have recovered); Wellington 18 (17 of whom have recovered); Northland 74 (39 of whom have recovered); Nelson/Marlborough 1 (recovered); Canterbury 8 (4 of whom have recovered); Taranaki 6 (all of whom have recovered); Lakes 25; MidCentral 5; Bay of Plenty 39; Wairarapa 3

Number of community cases (total) 7,660 (in current community outbreak)

Confirmed cases (total) 10,421

Historical cases 199 out of 8,615 cases since 1 January

Cases infectious in the community 69 cases reported yesterday have exposure events

Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious 124 cases reported yesterday have no exposure events

Cases epidemiologically linked 96 of today’s new cases

Cases to be epidemiologically linked 82 of today’s new cases

Cases epidemiologically linked (total) 5793660 (9210 unlinked in the last 14 days)

Cases in hospital 77. North Shore (16); Middlemore (25); Auckland (33); Waikato (2); Rotorua (1)

Vaccination status of current hospitalisations (Northern Region wards only as of 25 November) Unvaccinated or not eligible (42 cases / 60%); partially vaccinated<14 days (5 cases / 7%) partially vaccinated >14 days (8 cases / 11 %); fully vaccinated <14 days (1 case / 1%) fully vaccinated >14 days (10 cases / 14%); unknown (4 cases / 6%)

*These cases were in a travel bubble together

Number of active contacts being managed (total): 6,311

Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements) 66%

Percentage who have returned at least one result 71%

Locations of interest
Locations of interest (total) 169 (as at 10am 25 November)

Number of tests (total) 4,781,357

Number of tests total (last 24 hours) 34,469

Tests processed in Auckland (last 24 hours) 15,879

Tests rolling average (last 7 days) 29,877

Testing centres in Auckland 18

Wastewater detections No unexpected results

COVID-19 vaccine update
Total first and second vaccines administered to date (percentage of eligible people) 7,405,301: 3,860,356 first doses (92%); 3,544,945 second doses (84%)

Total first and second vaccines administered yesterday 18,623: 6,600 first doses; 12,023 second doses

Māori (percentage of eligible people) 832,534: 457,894 first doses (80%); 374,640 second doses (66%)

Pacific Peoples (percentage of eligible people) 485,726: 257,446 first doses (90%); 228,280 second doses (80%)

Total first and second vaccines administered to Auckland residents yesterday 3,956: 1,169 first doses; 2,787 second doses

Vaccination rates by DHB (with active cases)

Northland DHB (percentage of eligible people) First doses (84%); second doses (75%)

Auckland Metro DHBs (percentage of eligible people) First doses (93%); second doses (88%)

Waikato DHB (percentage of eligible people) First doses (90%); second doses (82%)

Canterbury DHB (percentage of eligible people) First doses (95%); second doses (86%)

Lakes DHB (percentage of eligible people) First doses (87%); second doses (77%)

MidCentral DHB (percentage of eligible people) First doses (91%); second doses (82%)

Bay of Plenty DHB (percentage of eligible people) First doses (89%); second doses (79%)

Wairarapa DHB (percentage of eligible people) First doses (92%); second doses (82%)

Hawke’s Bay DHB (percentage of eligible people) First doses (90%); second doses (80%)

Capital and Coast DHB (percentage of eligible people) First doses (95%); second doses (89%)

Today’s cases
Today we are announcing new community cases in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Lakes and MidCentral.

There are no additional cases to report today in Wairarapa, Wellington Canterbury or Hawke’s Bay.

Two previously reported community cases have been reclassified to ’not a case’ and so the net increase is 176 community cases.

Information on today’s cases is included in the regional updates below. Anyone living in these areas, or elsewhere in New Zealand, with symptoms, no matter how mild, is urged to get tested – even if they are vaccinated – and remain isolated until they return a negative result. A full list of testing centres can be found on the Healthpoint website .

Regional updates
Anyone in the following regions with symptoms – no matter how mild – is asked to please get tested, even if you’re vaccinated. Please remain isolated until you return a negative test result. And if you’re not vaccinated, your DHB or local health provider will have plenty of opportunities to make this happen.

There are two cases being reported in Northland today, one linked case in Whangārei and one unlinked case in Ruakaka.

In response to the Ruakaka case, a pop up testing site is opening this afternoon at the Ruakaka Racecourse.

Anyone living in or near Ruakaka with any symptoms that could be COVID-19 is urged to get a test.

Further testing and vaccination sites open in Northland can be found on the Northland DHB website.

Today, there are 149 new cases to report in Auckland.

There continues to be daily reviews of testing numbers and testing locations to ensure good coverage of risk areas.

Health staff are now supporting 4,211 people to isolate at home around Auckland - this includes 1,172 cases.

There are 16 new cases being reported in Waikato today. Eight are in Te Kūiti, five in Huntly and three in Kawhia. All cases are linked to known cases.

One case reported yesterday has now been confirmed as being in Piopio, south-west of Te Kūiti.

There are seven pop-up and dedicated testing sites operating across Waikato today in Hamilton, Ōtorohanga, Thames, Huntly, Ngāruawāhia and Te Kūiti.

In the Waikato region, health staff are now supporting 144 cases to isolate at home.

Bay of Plenty
Today 9 new cases today in the Bay of Plenty, all in the Tauranga area are reported.

Six of the cases are known close contacts and were already in isolation. Interviews with the remaining cases are underway to determine the source of their infection.

A case announced yesterday in Eastern Bay of Plenty is self-isolating and being supported by Tuhoe Hauora.

Following the detection of the Eastern Bay of Plenty case, additional testing is available at the Nukuhou North Settlers until 4 pm today.

Testing will also be available at Med Central in Whakatâne today from 9 am-4 pm.

Further information on testing in the region will be updated on the Bay of Plenty DHB website.

The spread of COVID-19 in the Bay of Plenty is another reminder to get tested if you’re feeling unwell and to get your first dose of the vaccine if you haven’t already.

There is one new case to report, based in Rotorua.

There is good testing capacity across the region with dedicated community testing centres in Taupō, and Rotorua. See for locations and opening times. Testing is also available at a number of medical centres and Hauora Māori.

One new case of COVID-19 is reported in Pahīatua today, bringing the total number cases in the region to five.

It comes after multiple wastewater detections of the virus from samples taken in Pahīatua in the past fortnight.

The latest case is now self-isolating, with investigations into the source of the infection underway. So far, initial case interviews have identified a small number of household contacts, who are isolating with tests arranged.

Case interviews have also determined seven initial locations of interest across Pahīatua and Palmerston North. These have been added to the Ministry’s website

As further locations of interest are expected people in the MidCentral region, particularly in Pahīatua, are asked to monitor the locations of interest page.​​​