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COVID Update

Posted December 09, 2021
Health , Media Release

Media Release: Ministry of Health

103 Community Cases; 70 People In Hospital, 5 In ICU; More Than 4 Million My Vaccine Passes Issued

Cases
Seven day rolling average of community cases 103

Number of new community cases 103

Number of new cases identified at the border 2

Location of new community cases Auckland (88), Waikato (9), Bay of Plenty (5), Lakes (1),

Number of community cases (total) 9,457 (in current community outbreak)

Number of active cases (total) 6,516

Confirmed cases (total)* 12,251

Cases epidemiologically linked (total) 6,882

Hospitalisations
Cases in hospital 70 (including 6 cases still being assessed) North Shore: 12; Auckland: 24; Middlemore: 29; Waikato: 1; Tauranga: 3; Nelson-Marlborough: 1

Vaccination status of current hospitalisations (Northern Region wards only) Unvaccinated or not eligible (37 cases / 61%); partially immunised <7 days from second dose or have only received one dose (13 cases / 21%); fully vaccinated at least 7 days before being reported as a case (9 cases / 15%); unknown (2 cases / 3%)

Average age of current hospitalisations 49

Cases in ICU or HDU 5 (1 in Auckland; 2 in Middlemore, 1 in North Shore; 1 in Waikato)

Contacts
Number of active contacts being managed (total): 7,258

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 77%

Tests
Number of tests total (last 24 hours) 34,781

Tests rolling average (last 7 days) 28,246

Number of Auckland tests total (last 24 hours) 13,028

Wastewater
Wastewater detections No unexpected detections

My Vaccine Pass
My vaccine pass downloads total 4,000,902

My vaccine pass downloads (last 24 hours) 71,680

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 your 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
Today, there are 88 new cases being reported in Auckland.

Health and welfare providers are now supporting 3,187 people to isolate at home, including 863 cases.

Health staff continue to review case and testing locations daily to ensure there’s good coverage of at-risk areas.

David Lange Carehome
A staff member at David Lange Carehome in Māngere East has tested positive for COVID-19.

Auckland Regional Public Health Service and Counties Manukau DHB staff are supporting the residents and staff at the facility.

Testing is currently being undertaken with residents and staff.

Waikato
There are nine new cases being reported in Waikato today.

Six new locations of interest were confirmed in Te Kūiti yesterday.

There are 11 pop-up and dedicated testing sites operating across Waikato today in Hamilton, Ngāruawāhia, Ōtorohanga, Piopio, Thames, Taumarunui, Tokoroa, Putāruru and Te Kūiti.

Waikato public health, primary care and manaaki providers are supporting 105 people to isolate at home.

Bay of Plenty
Today there are five new cases in Bay of Plenty – all are in the Tauranga area.

Three are linked to previously reported cases and links with the two remaining cases are currently being investigated.

All five cases are isolating at home.

Public health staff are currently following up with contacts, for the purposes of testing and isolating.

In addition, the Ministry is today confirming a case in Ōpōtiki, in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, who is also isolating at home. This case, who normally resides in Ōpōtiki, was tested outside the Eastern Bay of Plenty before returning home and is not included in the region’s case numbers today.

Lakes
Today there is one new case in the Lakes DHB region.

This case is in Rotorua and is linked to a previously reported case.

They are isolating in managed accommodation with public health oversight.

Canterbury
There is one new case in Christchurch today. This case was reported after the 9 AM cut off and will be officially added to the case numbers tomorrow.

The person has direct links to a Canterbury case we reported last weekend. Today’s case was in isolation during their infectious period.

The case investigation is underway, however, early indications are that it is unlikely that there will be any locations of interest.

However, every new case is a reminder to get tested if you’re feeling unwell. For locations of testing centres operating in Canterbury today visit the Healthpoint website.