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COVID Update

COVID Update

Posted December 12, 2021
Health , Media Release

Media Release: Ministry of Health

103 community cases today - 63 community cases yesterday; 61 people in hospital, 3 in ICU; 75% of eligible Māori population now fully immunised

Number of new community cases: 103

Number of new community cases yesterday: 63

Number of new cases identified at the border: 1

Seven day rolling average of community cases: 92

Location of new community cases *: Northland (2), Auckland (86), Waikato (9), Bay of Plenty (3), Lakes (1), Canterbury (2)

Number of community cases (total) **: 9,714 (in current community outbreak)

Number of active cases (total): 6,738

Confirmed cases (total): 12,515

Cases epidemiologically linked (total): 7,112

Cases in hospital: 61; North Shore: 13; Auckland: 20; Middlemore: 23; Waikato: 2; Tauranga: 2; Nelson: 1

Vaccination status of current hospitalisations (Northern Region wards only): Unvaccinated or not eligible (33 cases / 62%); partially immunised <7 days from second dose or have only received one dose (9 cases / 17%); fully vaccinated at least 7 days before being reported as a case (9 cases/ 17%); unknown (2 cases / 4%)

Average age of current hospitalisations: 52

Cases in ICU or HDU: 3 (1 in Auckland; 1 in Middlemore, 1 in North Shore)

Number of active contacts being managed (total): 7,005

Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements): 84%

Percentage who have returned at least one result: 77%

Number of tests total (last 24 hours): 24,754

Tests rolling average (last 7 days): 26,461

Auckland tests total (last 24 hours): 8,344

*Today’s cases
Today, there are new community cases in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Lakes, and Canterbury.

There is also one case today in Taranaki and one in Nelson-Tasman.

The Taranaki case was announced last night by the DHB.

Both of these cases will be officially added to case numbers tomorrow.

A border worker case, reported on 11 December, remains under investigation.

**In addition one community case has been reclassified as a border case, while a duplicate record of a community case has been removed from the database.

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

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

Northland update
There are two cases to report in Northland today.

Both have been linked to previously reported cases.

One of today’s cases is a person based in Kaitaia and is a close contact of an existing case and has been isolating during their infectious period.

The second case is a person based in Paihia and is a household contact of an existing case.

Testing is available in Kerikeri today.

A full list of testing and vaccination sites open in Northland can be found on the Northland DHB website.

Today, there are 86 new cases being reported in Auckland.

Health and welfare providers are now supporting 2,751 people to isolate at home, including 686 cases.

Auckland Aged Residential Care Facility
Further testing has been undertaken at Aria Park Retirement Village in Epsom after a staff member tested positive.

There have been no further cases reported at the village.

There are nine new cases to report in Waikato today. Six are in Te Kūiti, one in Hamilton, one in Tokoroa, and one in Ōtorohanga.

One has been linked with investigations pending for the remaining cases.

Five pop-up and dedicated testing sites are operating throughout Waikato today with sites in Hamilton, Te Kūiti, Huntly, and Ōtorohanga.

ESR is reporting positive wastewater samples collected from Taumaranui and Tokoroa. Both of these towns have reported COVID-19 cases in the past few days.

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

So far, two of these cases have been linked to previously reported cases; investigations are ongoing to identify links for the remaining case.

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

Please continue to check the Ministry’s website for any further locations of interest which may be added as investigations continue.

Lakes update
There is one new case to report in the Lakes DHB region, based in Rotorua and linked to the existing cluster.

Public health staff are investigating to identify close contacts and any locations of interest. Close contacts will be contacted directly, and any locations of interest listed on the Ministry’s website.

Taranaki update
A COVID-19 community case in Eltham reported late last night will be added to the tally tomorrow.

The case is not linked to any of the previously reported cases in New Plymouth or Waitara and is currently isolating at home.

Locations considered high risk to the public will be shared on the Ministry of Health’s website as soon as available. Please visit the locations of interest page on the Ministry’s website.

Testing for the Eltham community is available today at Eltham Kohanga Reo, 24 York Street from 10am – 3pm. Testing is also available from Taranaki Base Hospital testing centre, 9am – 3pm

Vaccination centre details for the region are available on the Taranaki DHB website

Nelson-Tasman update
There is one case to report today in Nelson-Tasman, and the case is linked to other cases.

This case has yet to be included in the formal reporting to the Ministry of Health and will be added to our tally tomorrow.

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 people living in Nelson-Tasman are asked to check these daily.

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

Canterbury update
There are two linked cases to report in Christchurch today; both cases are in a managed isolation facility and both are household members of existing cases.