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COVID Update

COVID Update

Posted December 10, 2021
Health

Media Release: Ministry of Health

2 deaths; 95 community cases; 56 people in hospital, 4 in ICU

Two deaths overnight
The Ministry of Health has reported the deaths of two people in hospital overnight who had COVID-19.

One person died at Middlemore Hospital. Their family has requested that no information be publicly provided about this person and out of respect, the Ministry will not be providing any further details.

The second patient was admitted to Auckland City Hospital due to their COVID-19 infection. The case has been referred to the coroner.

Heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the families of both of these people at this sad time.

Number of new community cases: 95

Number of new cases identified at the border: 1

Location of new community cases*: Auckland (75), Waikato (11), Bay of Plenty (5), Lakes (1), Nelson-Tasman (1), Canterbury (2)*

Number of community cases (total): 9,552 (in current community outbreak)

Number of active cases (total): 6,630

Confirmed cases (total): 12,347

Cases epidemiologically linked (total): 7045

Hospitalisations

Cases in hospital: 56 North Shore: 13; Auckland: 16; Middlemore: 24; Waikato: 1; Tauranga:1; Nelson-Marlborough: 1

Vaccination status of current hospitalisations (Northern Region wards only): Unvaccinated or not eligible (30 cases / 57%); partially immunised <7 days from second dose or have only received one dose (12 cases / 23%); fully vaccinated at least 7 days before being reported as a case (9 cases/ 17%); unknown (2 cases / 4%)

Average age of current hospitalisations: 51

Cases in ICU or HDU: 4 (1 in Auckland; 2 in Middlemore, 1 in North Shore)

Today’s cases

Today, we are reporting new community cases in Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Lakes, Taranaki, Nelson-Tasman, and Canterbury.

The case we are reporting in Taranaki will be added to tomorrow’s case numbers.

A case previously under investigation in the Southern region has been classified as historical.

Regional updates

We are continuing to ask anyone in New Zealand with symptoms – no matter how mild – 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 75 new cases being reported in Auckland.

Health and welfare providers are now supporting 3,014 people to isolate at home, including 802 cases.

Waikato

There are 11 new cases being reported in Waikato today.

Three new locations of interest were confirmed in Te Kūiti and Hamilton yesterday.

In the Waikato, health and welfare providers are supporting 101 people to isolate at home.

Bay of Plenty

Today we are reporting five new cases in Bay of Plenty – four in the Tauranga area and one in the Western Bay of Plenty.

Four are linked to previously reported cases and one is still being investigated.

Contacts are being identified and will be contacted for testing and isolation advice.

Lakes

There is one new case to report in the Lakes DHB region today.

This case is in Rotorua and is a household contact of a previously reported case.

They are isolating at home.

Taranaki

There is one new case to report in Waitara today. The case was reported last night and is linked to two active cases in New Plymouth.

Taranaki’s Public Health Unit has started case investigation work, however, early indications are that it is unlikely that there will be any locations of interest.

We urge anyone in Waitara or the wider Taranaki region with symptoms – no matter how mild – to get tested, even if you’re vaccinated.

Pop-up testing will be available at the Waitara War Memorial Hall on Memorial Place today. Hours will be extended at Taranaki Base Hospital’s testing centre from 8am-4pm.

Unvaccinated whānau are also encouraged to get vaccinated promptly. For locations and times in Taranaki please visit TDHB - COVID-19 vaccine.

Nelson-Tasman update

There is one case to report today in Nelson-Tasman. They are linked to the larger Nelson cluster.

Anyone in the region with any symptoms that could be COVID-19 is urged to get a test, even if they are vaccinated.

Locations of interest are regularly added to the Ministry’s website, so we ask people living in Nelson-Tasman to check these daily.

Testing and vaccination centres open today and this weekend are available from the Nelson Marlborough DHB website.

Canterbury

There is one new case to report in Christchurch today, bringing the total to six active cases in the region. They are directly linked to a case reported at the weekend.

The case investigation is ongoing and this person is being transferred to an MIQ facility.