159 new cases in Q'town, 55 in Central

by Kim Bowden - Mar 28, 2022

Health officials are reporting 968 new cases of Covid-19 in the Southern region today and 24 people in hospital with the virus.

In Queenstown-Lakes there are 159 new cases reported and in Central Otago, 55.

It brings the number of active cases in Queenstown-Lakes to 1,538; in Central Otago there are now 440.

Across the south there are 8,622 people with the virus unrecovered in the past seven days.

There are 16 people in hospital with the virus in Dunedin, one of whom is in intensive care, and one person is in hospital with the virus in Invercargill.

In a statement, the SDHB says it's important anyone who is eligible gets a Covid-19 vaccination booster.

"It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body to build full protection against Covid-19, so the time to act is now."

Data from the Ministry of Health shows 98.1 percent of those eligible in the Southern region have received a first dose and 97 percent a second, while 74.8 percent are boosted.

Current hospitalisations as at 8am, March 28, 2022, (Source SDHB) 

Hospital 

Inpatient 

ICU/HDU 

Ventilated 

Total 

 

 

 

 

 

Dunedin 

15 

16 

Southland 

Please note that hospitalisation data does not differentiate between patients admitted because of COVID-19 infection versus those admitted for a separate reason who happen to also have Covid-19. 

Current cases as of 11.59pm, March 27, 2022 (Source SDHB) 

Territorial Authority 

New – Positive (PCR & RAT) 

Active Cases 

 

 

 

Central Otago 

55 

440 

Clutha 

40 

520 

Dunedin 

272 

2528 

Gore 

45 

450 

Invercargill 

238 

1766 

Queenstown-Lakes 

159 

1538 

Southland 

99 

866 

Waitaki 

55 

505 

Unknown 

<5 

Please note, the Ministry of Health’s daily reported cases may differ slightly from those reported at a DHB or local public health unit level. This is because of different reporting cut off times and the assignment of cases between regions, for example when a case is tested outside their usual region of residence. Total numbers will always be the formal daily case tally as reported to the WHO. Due to the increased use of RATs and system lag issues there may be a discrepancy in the number of total active cases from the territorial authority breakdown. A decision has been made nationally that areas with less than 5 new cases per 24-hour period will be reported as “<5”. All territorial authorities with less than 100 cases will have their case numbers rounded to the nearest 5. We are unable to supply further information. Please contact the Ministry of Health directly for more information about these decisions.  

Covid-19 in the South - What you need to know:

  • Please only get tested if you have symptoms or are a household contact of a confirmed case.
  • Testing locations can be found on the WellSouth website.
  • If you test positive on a RAT test you do not need to have that confirmed by PCR – you are a case. Please update your My Covid Record with your result. Call 0800 222 478, option 3, if you need any support to do this.
  • If you receive a text notification that you are positive, please do the online survey in the link you receive in the text message as soon as possible. This will ensure you can receive the appropriate care and support when you need it. Please be aware that, after filling in your My Covid Record with your positive RAT result, there can be a 24-hour delay before you receive this text message. 
  • Prepare now to self-isolate if you or a family member or housemate tests positive.
  • If you are self-isolating and require welfare support such as help getting groceries, please call 0800 512 337.
  • If you have concerns about Covid-19 symptoms, call your general practice or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 at any time. If you are very unwell or having breathing difficulties, call 111 immediately.

 

 

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