55 community cases of Covid-19; 2 of them in the Waikato

MINISTRY OF HEALTH UPDATE
October 13, 2021

Cases
Number of new community cases 55
Number of new cases identified at the border No cases
Location of new community cases Auckland (53); Waikato (2)
Location of community cases (total) Auckland 1665 (1172 of whom have recovered); Waikato 37 (one of whom has recovered); Wellington 17 (all of whom have recovered)
Number of community cases (total) 1719 (in current community outbreak)
Cases infectious in the community 12 of yesterday’s cases have exposure events (40%)
Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious 31 of yesterday’s cases (60%)
Cases epidemiologically linked 29 of today’s 55 cases
Cases to be epidemiologically linked 26 of today’s 55 cases. Interviews are ongoing to determine how they’re linked
Cases epidemiologically linked (total) 1612 (in the current cluster) (75 unlinked from the past 14 days)
Number of sub-clusters 16 epidemiologically linked sub-clusters. Of these, four are active, one is contained and 11 are dormant. There are 14 epidemiologically unlinked sub-clusters. Of these, four are active, one is contained and nine are dormant.
Cases in hospital 32 (total): North Shore (3); Middlemore (16); Auckland (11); Waikato Hospital (1); Palmerston North Hospital (1)
Cases in ICU or HDU Six
Confirmed cases (total) 4400 since pandemic began
Historical cases, since 1 Jan 2021 (total) 169 out of 2,585 since 1 Jan 2021
Contacts
Number of active contacts being managed (total): 2336
Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements) 78%
Percentage with at least one test result 77%
Locations of interest
Locations of interest (total) 394 (as at 10am 13 October)
Tests
Number of tests (total) 3,644,954
Number of tests total (last 24 hours) 25,799
Tests processed in Auckland (last 24 hours) 12,965
Tests rolling average (last 7 days) 22,169
Testing centres in Auckland 21
Wastewater
Wastewater detections No unexpected detections in the last 24 hours.
Covid-19 vaccine update
Vaccines administered to date (total) 5,975,273; 1st doses: 3,480,716; 2nd doses: 2,494,557
Vaccines administered yesterday (total) 72,683; 1st doses: 17,396; 2nd doses: 55,287
Mâori 1st doses: 353,840; 2nd doses: 224,718
Pacific Peoples 1st doses: 221,524; 2nd doses: 151,625
Vaccines administered to Auckland residents to date (total) 2,172,921 1st doses: 1,248,744 (87%); 2nd doses: 924,177 (65%)
Vaccines administered to Auckland residents yesterday (total) 23,049: 1st doses: 4,427; 2nd doses: 18,622
NZ Covid-19 tracer
Registered users (total) 3,294,653
Poster scans (total) 426,284,546
Manual diary entries (total) 18,143,904
Poster scans in 24 hours to midday yesterday 2,261,504

Dialysis Unit, North Shore Hospital
Following a previously reported exposure event at the Dialysis Unit adjacent to North Shore Hospital, a total of two patients and two staff members have now tested positive for Covid-19.

Staff are also undergoing rapid antigen testing before the start of each shift, with all results this morning again negative.

A number of staff in the unit are considered close contacts and have been stood down as a precaution.

All appropriate steps are being taken to manage potential risk while maintaining dialysis services to this group of renal patients.

All patients are being screened on arrival at the unit. Full PPE precautions are being taken within the unit, which is being intensively cleaned between each group of patients.

Truck driver
An Auckland-based truck driver who travelled to Northland for work purposes on October 9 has tested positive for Covid-19.
The case is currently being assessed to identify risk and any exposure events.

While the case investigation is still in the early stages initial information suggests a limited scope of exposure in Northland, given Alert Level 3 precautions within the delivery sector.

Advice will be provided to businesses involved, but at this stage, there is no evidence of significant risk to the region from this case. Any locations of interest will be listed on the Ministry of Health website.

Northland testing and vaccination centres
In Northland, 3905 doses of Covid-19 vaccine were given yesterday – 1,1385 first doses and 2520 second doses. To date, there have been 113,067 first doses and 82,692 second doses of the vaccine administered in Northland.

For testing, the region saw 1765 covid tests completed yesterday, taking the total since 6 October to 7045 tests.

Today there are seven community testing sites and eight community vaccination centres operating.

Community testing is available at:
Kaitaia – Kaitaia Hospital, 29 Redan Road (9am-4pm)
Kerikeri – 1 Sammaree Place (9am-4pm)
Ohaeawai – Ohaeawai Rugby Clubrooms, (10am-5pm)
Whangarei – Rock and Roll car park, Pohe Island (9am–4pm)
Whangarei – Kamo, 20 Winger Crescent (9am –4pm)
Ruakākā – Race Course Peter Snell Road, Ruakākā (10am-3pm)
Dargaville – Dargaville Hospital (9am-4pm)

Community Covid-19 vaccination centres are operating at:
Kaitaia – The Old Warehouse Building, 11 Matthews Ave (10am-5pm)
Kerikeri – 1 Sammaree Place (10am-5pm)
Omapere – Community Clinic (9am-3pm)
Panguru – Roving Van (9.30am-3pm)
Ohaeawai – Ohaeawai Rugby Clubrooms, (10am-5pm)
Moerewa – Rugby Club, Simpson Park (9am-4pm)
Whangarei – Northland Events Centre (8am-7.30pm)
Dargaville – 22a Normanby St (10am-2pm)
 
Waikato update
There are two new community cases in Waikato today who are members of the same household in Hamilton. They are being transferred today to a local quarantine facility.

At this stage, the cases are unlinked but interviews will be carried out today to help determine any links to known cases. Two workplace exposure events have been identified but Hamilton residents are encouraged to please keep checking the Ministry’s website for any locations of interest.

Vaccination rates in Waikato remained high yesterday with 7,434 people getting a dose. There were 2,980 tests processed in Waikato yesterday.