Monday, Oct 18: 60 new Covid community cases

Oct 18, 2021

From the Ministry of Health:

There are 60 new community cases today; 57 in Auckland and three in the Waikato. As at 10am, 36 of these cases are linked - 18 of which are household contacts - and 24 remain unlinked, with investigations continuing to help determine their connection to the outbreak.

Number of new community cases 60
Number of new cases identified at the border Five
Location of new community cases Auckland (57) Waikato (3)
Location of community cases (total) Auckland 1,943 (1,350 of whom have recovered); Waikato 45 (3 of whom have recovered); Wellington 17 (all of whom have recovered)
Number of community cases (total) 2,005 (in current community outbreak)
Cases infectious in the community   25 of yesterday’s 51 cases have exposure events
Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious   26 of yesterday’s 51 cases
Cases epidemiologically linked 36 of today’s 60 cases
Cases to be epidemiologically linked 24 of today’s 60 cases
Cases epidemiologically linked (total) 1,841 (in the current cluster) (140 unlinked from the past 14 days)
Cases in hospital 30 (total): North Shore (5); Middlemore (12); Auckland (13)
Cases in ICU or HDU Five
Confirmed cases (total) * 4,696 since pandemic began
Historical cases 171 out of 2,881 since 1 Jan 2021
Number of active contacts being managed (total): 1896
Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements) 83%
Percentage with at least one test result 75%
Locations of interest  
Locations of interest (total) 455 (as at 10am 18 October)
Number of tests (total) 3,773,075
Number of tests total (last 24 hours) 20,809
Tests processed in Auckland (last 24 hours) 7,490
Tests rolling average (last 7 days) 24,355
Testing centres in Auckland 19
Wastewater detections Ongoing detections at most sites across Auckland
COVID-19 vaccine update  
Vaccines administered to date (total) 6,344,212; 1st doses: 3,572,298 (85%); 2nd doses: 2,271,914 (66%)
Vaccines administered yesterday (total) 29,661; 1st doses: 6,253 2nd doses: 23,408
Mâori 1st doses: 376,983 (66%); 2nd doses: 254,631 (45%)
Pacific Peoples 1st doses: 230,361 (80%); 2nd doses: 170,091 (59%)
Vaccines administered to Auckland residents to date (total) 2,294,199: 1st doses: 1,271,322 (89%); 2nd doses: 1,022,871 (71%)
Vaccines administered to Auckland residents yesterday (total) 11,259: 1st doses: 2,005; 2nd doses: 9,254
NZ COVID Tracer  
Registered users (total) 3,305,233
Poster scans (total) 438,013,153
Manual diary entries (total) 18,490,337
Poster scans in 24 hours to midday yesterday 2,040,250

New cases identified at the border

Arrival date From Via Positive test day/reason Managed isolation/quarantine location
14 October  USA Direct Day 0/Routine Auckland
14 October Lebanon United Arab Emirates Day 0/Routine Auckland
14 October India United Arab Emirates Day 2/Routine Auckland
14 October Greece To be advised Day 3/Routine Auckland
15 October United Kingdom United Arab Emirates Day 0/Routine Auckland

*One case reported yesterday has been reclassified as under investigation as a possible historical case and has been removed from the case total.

Northland update
A number of testing sites remain open around Northland today, including at the Three Furlongs Bar and Grill in Kaiwaka – on the boundary between Northland and Auckland. This site will also be open for testing tomorrow.

Auckland update
A staff member at Remuera Gardens retirement village in Auckland has been confirmed as having COVID-19 and was at work whilst infectious.
Public health staff are confident the risk of infection is low but, as a precaution, testing is being arranged for all staff and residents. Both staff and residents at the village have very high vaccination rates.

Public health staff in Auckland are continuing to urge anyone who is moving around Auckland in Level 3 to get a test if they have symptoms of COVID-19.
There are 19 community testing centres available for testing across Auckland today.A full list of sites and opening hours can be found on the Healthpoint website.

Mobile surveillance testing of residential facilities is continuing, including emergency housing, transitional housing, boarding houses, motels and community housing providers. So far, testing has been completed at approximately 50 sites.

Waikato update
There are three new cases in Waikato. One is linked to known cases, while interviews and investigations are continuing to determine any link for the other two cases.

Investigations are also continuing to determine the links of two cases reported last week and two cases from yesterday.

Waikato DHB’s website and Healthpoint have up to date information on community testing centres in the region. Pop up testing sites have opened in Hamilton, Whatawhata (west of Hamilton) and Kihikihi (near Te Awamutu).

Yesterday there were 4,020 tests undertaken in Waikato and almost 1,489 doses of vaccine administered.


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