Covid in the South: 947 new cases, 32 in hospital

by Kim Bowden - May 03, 2022

Local health officials are reporting 947 new cases of Covid-19 in the Southern region today.

In its daily media briefing, the Southern District Health Board says it brings the number of active cases in the last seven days to 6,368.

In Queenstown Lakes there are 124 new cases reported, while in Central Otago there are 63.

There are now 887 active cases in Queenstown Lakes and 478 in Central Otago.

Thirty-two people are in hospital with the virus in the South - 24 in Dunedin, seven in Invercargill, and one in Clyde - none in intensive care.

The number of people in local hospitals with Covid-19 continues to fluctuate.

Yesterday, the district health board reported 26 people in hospital the virus; on Friday, it was 39 people.

 

Earlier today the Ministry of Health reported a further 20 Covid-related deaths, one of which was in the Southern region.

Current hospitalisations as at 8am, May 3, 2022 (Source SDHB) 

Hospital 

Inpatient 

ICU/HDU 

Ventilated 

Total 

 

 

 

 

 

Dunedin 

24 

24 

Southland 

Dunstan  

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. Hospital numbers reported by the Southern DHB include those in mental health wards.   

Current cases as of 11.59pm, May 2, 2022 (Source SDHB) 

Territorial Authority 

New – Positive (PCR & RAT) 

Active Cases 

 

 

 

Central Otago 

63 

478 

Clutha 

52 

314 

Dunedin 

394 

2423 

Gore 

30 

211 

Invercargill 

167 

1191 

Queenstown-Lakes 

124 

887 

Southland 

76 

534 

Waitaki 

41 

313 

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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