14 new cases – 7 in Auckland; 30 in hospital; 2 in ICU

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MINISTRY OF HEALTH UPDATE
January 18, 2022

Yesterday, on the first day they became available, 14,367 child (paediatric) vaccine first doses were administered to 5 to 11-year-olds throughout New Zealand.

More than 500 sites around New Zealand can administer the vaccine to this age group, with more coming online soon.

We want to thank children, and the caregivers who supported them, who got their first dose yesterday. We encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated.

New Zealand’s vaccine rollout remains our key defence against all variants of Covid-19, including Omicron. With 93 per cent of the eligible population now double-dosed and the booster programme underway, New Zealanders are well-protected.

Because at this early stage of the roll-out, the number of children being vaccinated in some of our smaller communities is relatively small, we are not initially providing breakdowns of the data by geographical region or ethnicity in order to ensure their privacy.

Some DHBs may, however, choose to provide updates on how the 5 to 11-year-old roll-out is progressing in their area, subject to these privacy considerations.

The usual daily and weekly website updates will continue. We will also report separate data for 5 to 11-year-olds, including daily totals and a cumulative total.

Update on the MIQ worker in Auckland

One symptomatic household contact of the MIQ Omicron case has today tested positive for Covid-19. The case was already isolating. They will be formally included in tomorrow’s case numbers. Further case interviews are currently underway but, at this stage, there are no exposure events associated with this case. All other household members have returned negative tests to date.

As of this morning, a total of 86 contacts have been identified in relation to the MIQ border worker, including 7 household and 79 close contacts. At this stage, 75 have returned negative test results and one a positive result, as outlined above.

From the exposure events linked to the initial case, there are 10 people from the two bus journeys who are yet to be tested and are being followed up in person.

No other close contacts linked to this cluster have returned positive results.

The investigation into the transmission route continues and testing of staff from the Stamford Plaza facility continues today.

Our objective is to stamp out and prevent any onward transmission.

We’re reiterating our call for anyone who lives in Auckland with symptoms – no matter how mild – to get a test, even if you’re vaccinated and to please stay at home until you return a negative test result.

Covid-19 vaccine update

  • Vaccines administered to date (percentage of eligible people): 3,990,408 first doses (95%); 3,899,343 second doses (93%); 35,805 third primary doses; 789,064 booster doses
  • Vaccines administered yesterday: 1,302 first doses; 2,468 second doses; 446 third primary doses and 36,953 booster doses.
  • Māori (percentage of eligible people): 508,521 first doses (89%); 476,586 second doses (83%).
  • Pacific Peoples (percentage of eligible people): 275,408 first doses (96%); 265,413 second doses (92%).

Vaccination rates by DHB with active cases (percentage of eligible people)

  • Northland DHB: First doses (89%); second doses (86%)
  • Auckland Metro DHBs: First doses (97%); second doses (95%)
  • Waikato DHB: First doses (95%); second doses (92%)
  • Bay of Plenty DHB: First doses (94%); second doses (91%)
  • Lakes DHB: First doses (93%); second doses (89%)
  • Hawke’s Bay DHB: First doses (96%); second doses (93%)
  • Wairarapa DHB: First doses (96%); second doses (93%)
  • Capital and Coast DHB: First doses (99%); second doses (97%)
  • Hutt Valley DHB: First doses (97%); second doses (94%)
  • Canterbury DHB: First doses (99%); second doses (97%)

Hospitalisations

  • Cases in hospital: 30; North Shore: 7; Auckland: 13; Middlemore: 9; Tauranga: 1.
  • Vaccination status of current hospitalisations (Northern Region wards only): Unvaccinated or not eligible (11 cases / 39%); partially immunised <7 days from second dose or have only received one dose (4 case / 14%); fully vaccinated at least 7 days before being reported as a case (11 cases / 39%); unknown (2 case / 7%).
  • Average age of current hospitalisations: 51
  • Cases in ICU or HDU: 2; Middlemore: 1; Tauranga: 1

Cases

  • Seven day rolling average of community cases: 21
  • Seven day rolling average of border cases: 33
  • Number of new community cases: 14
  • Number of new cases identified at the border: 30
  • Location of new community cases: Auckland (7), Lakes (6), Wellington (1)
  • Number of community cases (total): 11,337 (in current community outbreak)
  • Cases epidemiologically linked (total): 8634
  • Number of active cases (total): 529 (cases identified in the past 21 days and not yet classified as recovered)
  • Confirmed cases (total): 14,794

Contacts

  • Number of active contacts being managed (total): 4740
  • Percentage who has received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements): 80%
  • Percentage who has returned at least one result: 78%

Tests

  • Number of tests total (last 24 hours): 11,237
  • Tests rolling average (last 7 days): 14,368
  • Auckland tests total (last 24 hours): 4916

Wastewater

No unexpected results.

NZ Covid Tracer

  • Poster scans in the 24 hours to midday yesterday: 2,169,530
  • Manual diary entries in the 24 hours to midday: 42,589

My Vaccine Pass

  • My vaccine pass downloads total: 4,817,429
  • My vaccine pass downloads (last 24 hours): 13,621
New cases identified at the border
Arrival date From Via Positive test day/reason Current MIQ/F
30/12/2021 Australia Direct Day 17 / Contact of a case Auckland
7/01/2022 Singapore Direct Day 8 / Routine Auckland
8/01/2022 Fiji Direct Day 8 / Routine Auckland
8/01/2022 United Kingdom United Arab Emirates Day 8 / Routine Auckland
8/01/2022 Full travel history not yet obtained United Arab Emirates Day 8 / Routine Auckland
10/01/2022 United States of America United Arab Emirates Day 6 / Routine Auckland
10/01/2022 United States of America Direct Day 6 / Routine Auckland
10/01/2022 Singapore Direct Day 6 / Routine Auckland
11/01/2022 Pakistan United Arab Emirates Day 5 / Routine Auckland
11/01/2022 United States of America Direct Day 2 / Routine Wellington
11/01/2022 Fiji Direct Day 5 / Routine Auckland
13/01/2022 Germany United Arab Emirates Day 3 / Routine Auckland
13/01/2022 United States of America Direct Day 3 / Routine Christchurch
13/01/2022 India United Arab Emirates Day 3 / Routine Auckland
13/01/2022 France United States of America Day 3 / Routine Christchurch
13/01/2022 Singapore Singapore Day 3 / Routine Auckland
14/01/2022 United States of America Direct Day 0 / Routine Christchurch
15/01/2022 India United Arab Emirates Day 1 / Routine Auckland
15/01/2022 Fiji Direct Day 1 / Routine Auckland
15/01/2022 United Kingdom Singapore Day 1 / Routine Auckland
15/01/2022 United Kingdom Singapore Day 1 / Routine Auckland
15/01/2022 United Kingdom Singapore Day 1 / Routine Auckland
15/01/2022 Full travel history not yet obtained Singapore Day 1 / Routine Auckland
15/01/2022 India United Arab Emirates Day 1 / Routine Auckland
15/01/2022 India United Arab Emirates Day 1 / Routine Auckland
16/01/2022 Turkey United Arab Emirates Day 0 / Routine Auckland
16/01/2022 United Kingdom United Arab Emirates Day 0 / Routine Auckland
16/01/2022 United States of America Direct Day 0 / Routine Auckland
16/01/2022 United States of America Direct Day 0 / Routine Auckland
16/01/2022 United States of America Direct Day 0 / Routine Auckland

*We are reporting new community cases in Auckland, Lakes and Wellington.

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 stay at home until you return a negative test result.

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

Please also continue to check for any updated Locations of Interest and appropriate health advice, updated regularly at Contact tracing locations of interest.

Auckland

There are seven cases to report in Auckland today.

Health and welfare providers are now supporting 894 people in the region to isolate at home, including 165 cases.

Lakes

There are six new cases to report in the Lakes DHB region today, all in the Rotorua District.

All of today’s cases are linked to previously reported cases.

All cases are isolating at home or in managed accommodation.

Wellington

There is one new case in the Wellington region.

This is a known contact of existing Wellington cases and the new case has been in isolation.

There are no locations of interest associated with this case.