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COVID Update

COVID Update

Posted December 06, 2021
Health , Media Release

Media Release: Ministry of Health

135 community cases; 76 people in hospital, 7 in ICU; 88% of eligible New Zealanders fully vaccinated

Number of new community cases today 135

Number of new cases identified at the border 0

Number of new cases Saturday December 4 - 98

Number of new cases Sunday December 5 - 106

Seven day rolling average of community cases 126

Location of new community cases*

Auckland (125), Waikato (, Canterbury (2)*

Location of community cases (total)

Location of community cases (total): Northland 91 (64 of whom have recovered); Auckland 8,394 (2,417 of whom have recovered); Waikato 517 (265 of whom have recovered); Bay of Plenty 72 (3 of whom recovered); Hawke’s Bay 3; Lakes 30 (20 of whom have recovered); Taranaki 8 (6 of whom have recovered); MidCentral 6 (3 have recovered); Whanganui 1; Wairarapa 3 (all recovered); Wellington 18 (all recovered); Nelson/Marlborough 16 (1 recovered); Canterbury 12 (5 of whom have recovered);

Number of community cases (total) 9171 (in current community outbreak)*

Confirmed cases (total) 11,961

Historical cases 209** out of 10,157 cases since 1 January

Cases infectious in the community 41 cases reported yesterday have exposure events

Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious

58 cases reported yesterday have no exposure events

Cases epidemiologically linked 51 of today’s new cases

Cases to be epidemiologically linked 84 of today’s new cases

Cases epidemiologically linked (total) 6,770 (808 unlinked in the last 14 days)

Cases in hospital 76: Waitemata (14); Auckland (31); Counties Manukau (26); Waikato (2); Bay of Plenty (2), Nelson-Marlborough (1)

Vaccination status of current hospitalisations (Northern Region wards only)

Unvaccinated or not eligible (42 cases / 60%); partially immunised <7 days from second dose or have only received one dose (14 cases / 20%); fully vaccinated at least 7 days before being reported as a case (9 cases/ 13%); unknown (5 cases / 7%)

Average age of current hospitalisations 48

Cases in ICU or HDU 7 (2 in Auckland; 3 in Middlemore, 1 in North Shore; 1 in Waikato)

Number of active contacts being managed (total): 7,501

Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements) 70%

Percentage who have returned at least one result 75%

Tests Number of tests (total) 5,084,606

Number of tests total (last 24 hours) 18,237

Tests processed in Auckland (last 24 hours) 6,658

Tests rolling average (last 7 days) 27,810

Testing centres in Auckland 18

Wastewater detections - No unexpected detections

*Today’s cases
Today, there are new community cases in Auckland, Waikato, and Canterbury.

The Canterbury cases were first announced yesterday but are being officially reported in today’s figures.

In addition, there are four new cases in Nelson-Marlborough, which will be officially reported in tomorrow’s figures.

One previously reported community case was reclassified as a border case. Therefore, the total number of cases associated with the outbreak has increased by 134, not 135.

Regional updates
Anyone in New Zealand with symptoms – no matter how mild – is asked to get tested, even if you’re vaccinated. Please remain isolated until you return a negative test result.

If you are not vaccinated, now is the time, as vaccination is the number one defence against COVID-19. Your DHB or local health provider will have plenty of opportunities to make this happen.

Testing and vaccination centre locations nationwide can be found on the Healthpoint website.

Auckland Update
Today, there are 125 new cases being reported in Auckland.

Health staff are now supporting 3,123 people to isolate at home, including 847 cases.

The number and location of testing sites are regularly assessed by health staff to ensure there is good testing and vaccination centre coverage.

Waikato update

There are eight new cases being reported today in Waikato, with five in Te Kūiti and one each in Huntly, Ōtorohanga and Ngāruawāhia.

All eight new cases have been linked to previous cases.

Nine pop-up and dedicated testing sites are operating across Waikato today in Piopio, Hamilton, Te Kūiti, Taumarunui, Huntly, Ngāruawāhia and Ōtorohanga.

Meanwhile, across the region, public health staff are now supporting 108 cases to isolate at home.

Two cases are receiving care at Waikato Hospital, including one in ICU.

Today there are four new cases in Nelson-Tasman, all of which were reported after the official cut off period so will be added officially to tomorrow’s numbers.

Of these new cases, three are linked to existing cases and investigations into possible connections for the fourth new case are continuing.

Public health officials continue to manage several hundred contacts associated with exposures at two schools in Nelson. No further cases have been identified from these school exposures to date.

Locations of interest are regularly added to the Ministry’s website so people living in Nelson-Tasman is asked to keep checking for any updates.

Several pop-up testing sites are open in Nelson-Tasman today

Anyone with any symptoms that could be COVID-19, even if they are mild and you are vaccinated, are asked to please get a test.