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COVID Update

COVID Update

Posted November 26, 2021
Health , Media Release

Media Release: Ministry of Health

173 cases; 78 people in hospital - 7 people in ICU; more than 18,000 vaccine doses administered yesterday

Number of new community cases 173

Number of new cases identified at the border Four

Seven day rolling average of community cases 187

Location of new community cases * Auckland (154), Waikato (15), Northland (1), Bay of Plenty (2), Lakes (1),

Location of community cases (total) Auckland 7,242660 (2,3008 of whom have recovered); Waikato 408 (109 of whom have recovered); Wellington 18 (17 of whom have recovered); Northland 75 (39 of whom have recovered); Nelson/Marlborough 1 (recovered); Canterbury 8 (4 of whom have recovered); Taranaki 6 (all of whom have recovered); Lakes 26; MidCentral 5 (1 has recovered); Bay of Plenty 40; Wairarapa 3

Number of community cases (total) 7,832 (in current community outbreak)

Confirmed cases (total) 10,598

Historical cases 199 out of 8,792 cases since 1 January

Cases infectious in the community ** 61 cases reported yesterday have exposure events

Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious ** 90 cases reported yesterday have no exposure events

Cases epidemiologically linked 92 of today’s new cases

Cases to be epidemiologically linked 81 of today’s new cases

Cases epidemiologically linked (total) 5,911660 (8990 unlinked in the last 14 days)

Cases in hospital 78. North Shore (19); Middlemore (24); Auckland (32); Waikato (3)

Vaccination status of current hospitalisations (Northern Region wards only as of 26 November) Unvaccinated or not eligible (44 cases / 59%); partially vaccinated<14 days (8 cases / 11%) partially vaccinated >14 days (8 cases / 11 %); fully vaccinated <14 days (1 case / 1%) fully vaccinated >14 days (10 cases / 14%); unknown (3 cases / 4%)

Average age of current hospitalisations 46

Cases in ICU or HDU Seven

Number of active contacts being managed (total): 6,335

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) 180 (as at 10am 26 November)

Number of tests (total) 4,812,340

Number of tests total (last 24 hours) 31,003

Tests processed in Auckland (last 24 hours) 13,866

Tests rolling average (last 7 days) 30,161

Testing centres in Auckland 19

**The number of cases here may sometimes differ from the total reported the previous day due to a difference in reporting timeframes and reclassifications.

*Today’s cases
Today the Ministry of Health is announcing new community cases in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Lakes and Canterbury. The case being reported in Canterbury today came in after our 9am cut off and will be officially added to the case numbers tomorrow.

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

One previously reported community case has been reclassified to a border case and so the net increase is 172 community cases.

Regional updates
Anyone in the following regions with symptoms – no matter how mild – is urged 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 is one new case to report in Northland today. This is a child who is linked to an Auckland case who has been isolating.

A case in Ruakaka reported yesterday has now been linked. Anyone living in or near Ruakaka with symptoms that could be COVID-19 is urged to get a test.

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

The pop-up site is open at the following times:

9am until 3pm today

9am until 3pm Saturday

10am until 2pm Sunday

9am until 3pm Monday

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

New locations of interest in Northland continue to be added to the Ministry website

Today, there are 154 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 4,058 people to isolate at home around Auckland - this includes 1,070 cases.

There were 15 cases confirmed in Waikato overnight - six in Huntly, four in Hamilton, three in Te Kūiti, and two in Ngāruawāhia.

All cases have been linked to previous cases.

There were further locations of interest identified yesterday across Hamilton, Huntly and Te Kūiti, these have been added to the Ministry of Health’s website.

There are seven pop-up and dedicated testing sites operating across the region today in Hamilton, Ōtorohanga, Thames, Huntly, Ngāruawāhia and Te Kūiti. For more information, visit the DHB’s website.

In the Waikato, health staff are now supporting 129 cases to isolate at home.

Bay of Plenty
Today there are two new cases today in Bay of Plenty.

One of the cases is based in the Tauranga area and is a close contact of a previously confirmed case. They’re already in isolation.

The second person being reported today returned a positive result after receiving a test in Tauranga, so is being included in the Bay of Plenty case numbers. However, they usually live in Waikato – the person will be transferred safely back to their home in Waikato.

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

Details of testing stations in Bay of Plenty can be found on the Healthpoint website.

There is one new case to report in Lakes, based in Rotorua. The case is a close contact of a previously reported case and has been in isolation.

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

Today we are reporting one new case in Canterbury, however as the case was reported after our 9am cut off, it will be officially added to the case numbers tomorrow.

This person has been classified as a low risk to public health. They’re a household contact of a previously confirmed case and are already in managed isolation.

Details on where Cantabrians can seek a test are available on the Canterbury DHB website.

People can also check if their GP can provide COVID-19 testing by calling them or via the Healthpoint website.

COVID-19 was detected in a sample collected from Kaiwaka on 18 November. Processing of the sample began on 22 November, however, the result was delayed due to a technical issue. Testing is currently in progress for a further sample collected on 22 November.

Anyone with symptoms – no matter how mild - is encouraged to get a test. Details of testing locations are available on the Northland DHB website.

COVID-19 was also detected in a sample collected from Opononi on 23 November, this is believed to be linked to active cases in Hokianga.