SDHB warns of long tail of latest Covid-19 outbreak

by Kim Bowden - May 11, 2022

There are 744 new cases of Covid-19 being reported by local health officials in the Southern community today.

Of these, 76 are in Central Otago and 100, Queenstown Lakes.

It brings the total number of active cases from the last seven days to 5,125.

There are 21 people in hospitals across the Southern region with the virus, two of whom are in intensive care.

Earlier today, the Ministry of Health announced a further 28 Covid-19 related deaths across the country.

Six of these, from the Southern region.

Yesterday, the SDHB urged Southerners to "remain vigilant" out and about, with the region continuing to experience the "long tail" of the latest outbreak.

The district health board also said anyone eligible should seek a flu vaccination, with open borders bringing in fresh flu strains after several years' respite.

Increasing numbers of people with flu are presenting as patients at emergency health care providers, it said.

A flu vaccination is free for anyone over the age of 65, Māori and Pacific people over the age of 55, pregnant people, and anyone with underlying health conditions.

Current hospitalisations as at 8am, May 11, 2022 (Source SDHB) 

Hospital 

Inpatient 

ICU/HDU 

Ventilated 

Total 

 

 

 

 

 

Dunedin 

11 

13 

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 10, 2022 (Source SDHB) 

Territorial Authority 

New – Positive (PCR & RAT) 

Active Cases 

 

 

 

Central Otago 

76 

395 

Clutha 

38 

233 

Dunedin 

324 

2131 

Gore 

19 

154 

Invercargill 

119 

973 

Queenstown-Lakes 

100 

687 

Southland 

52 

353 

Waitaki 

16 

191 

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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