Sunday: 80 new Covid cases in the community

Oct 24, 2021

From the Ministry of Health:

There are 80 new community cases of COVID-19 to report today.

As at 10am, 34 of these cases are linked - including 16 household contacts - and 46 remain unlinked, with investigations continuing to help determine their connection to the outbreak.

Number of new community cases 80
Number of new cases identified at the border Five (including one historical)
Location of new community cases Auckland (77), Waikato (2), Northland (1)
Location of community cases (total) Auckland 2,466 (1,415 of whom have recovered); Waikato 83 (16 of whom have recovered); Wellington 17 (all of whom have recovered); Northland 5, Nelson-Marlborough 1
Number of community cases (total) 2,572 (in current community outbreak)
Cases infectious in the community 42 of yesterday’s cases have exposure events
Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious **   61 of yesterday’s cases
Cases epidemiologically linked 34 of today’s 80 cases
Cases to be epidemiologically linked 46 of today’s 80 cases
Cases epidemiologically linked (total) 2,230 (in the current cluster) (287 unlinked from the past 14 days)
Cases in hospital 50 (total): North Shore (12); Waitakere (1) Middlemore (16); Auckland (20); Waikato (1)
Average age of current hospitalisations: 44 years old
Cases in ICU or HDU Four
Confirmed cases (total) 5,278 since pandemic began
Historical cases 174 out of 3,464 since 1 Jan 2021
Number of active contacts being managed (total): 2,519
Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements) 80%
Percentage with at least one test result 76%
Locations of interest  
Locations of interest (total) 372 (as at 10am 24 October)
Number of tests (total) 3,923,269
Number of tests total (last 24 hours) 28,362
Tests processed in Auckland (last 24 hours) 10,273
Tests rolling average (last 7 days) 24,429
Testing centres in Auckland 16
Wastewater detections No unexpected detections
COVID-19 vaccine update  
Vaccines administered to date (total) 6,604,411; 1st doses: 3,637,937 (86%); 2nd doses: 2,966,474 (70%)
Vaccines administered yesterday (total) 42,482; 1st doses: 11,777; 2nd doses: 30,705
Māori 392,440 (69%); 2nd doses: 275,344 (48%)
Pacific Peoples 1st doses: 237,212 (83%); 2nd doses: 183,311 (64%)
Vaccines administered to Auckland residents to date (total) 2,383,174; 1st doses: 1,290679 (90%); 2nddoses: 1,092,495 (76%)
Vaccines administered to Auckland residents yesterday (total) 18,496: 1st doses: 4,391, 2nd doses: 14,105
NZ COVID Tracer  
Registered users (total) 3,317,504
Poster scans (total) 452,223,838
Manual diary entries (total) 18,849,327
Poster scans in 24 hours to midday yesterday 2,524,588

New cases identified at the border

Arrival date From Via Positive test day/reason Managed isolation/quarantine location
21 October United States of America Direct Day 0 / routine Christchurch
16 October Singapore Direct  Day 6 / routine Christchurch
21 October United States of America Direct  Day 0 / routine Christchurch
21 October United States of America Direct  Day 0 / routine Christchurch

Historical cases identified at the border

Arrival date From Via Positive test day/reason Managed isolation/quarantine location
16 October United Kingdom Singapore Day 3 / routine Christchurch

Today’s cases
One previously reported border case has been reclassified as ‘not a case’ and has been removed from our total case number.

Blenheim update
Interviews are continuing today with the individual who is a positive COVID-19 case and who is currently in isolation in Blenheim. The individual is unvaccinated.

Two Blenheim-based household contacts have returned negative tests and are also in isolation.

Initial case interviews suggest the case is linked to the Te Awamutu cluster and has a small number of close contacts in Waikato.

These people have been contacted and are currently isolating with tests arranged.

People living in Nelson-Marlborough, in particular, are asked to monitor the Ministry of Health’s locations of interest page, which is regularly updated.

We are also asking residents in Marlborough, Nelson and Tasman with symptoms – no matter how mild – to please get tested, even if they are vaccinated.

Today testing is available at:

-        Blenheim CBAC: Horton Park, off Redwood St - Open 9am to 5.30pm
-·        Nelson CBAC: Saxton Field parking area, Suffolk Rd, Stoke - Open 10am to 6pm

Yesterday, there were 144 tests processed in Marlborough.

Additional testing capacity in the area will be stood up, if needed, and details will be available on the Healthpoint website.

Northland update
Today we are reporting one new case in Northland, who is linked to the four Northland cases announced yesterday.

This individual was tested as a close contact of the previous cases confirmed yesterday.

People living in Northland are asked to monitor the Ministry of Health’s locations of interest page which will be regularly updated.

Anyone who visited these locations of interest at the specified times is asked to monitor their symptoms for 14 days and if any develop, get tested and stay at home until a negative test result is received and they have been symptom-free for 24 hours.

Yesterday there were 1,082 tests processed in the region. There were 1,134 vaccinations in Northland yesterday – of these vaccinations, 508 were first doses, and a further 626 were second doses.

Additional testing in the area has been arranged and is available here:

-        Kaitaia – Kaitaia Hospital – open 9am to 4pm
-        Hokianga - Rawene Hospital – open 9am to 2pm
-        Mangamuka – 8 Mangamuka Road – open 11am to 2pm
-        Kaikohe – Main Street, Kaikohe - opposite Mobil – open 9am to 2pm
-        Kerikeri – 1 Sammaree Place – open 9am to 4pm
-        Dargaville – Dargaville Hospital – open 10am to 3pm
-        Whangārei – 20 Winger Crescent – open 9am-4pm

Update on Waikato case who travelled to Hawke’s Bay
As we reported yesterday, public health officials have concluded their investigations into a Waikato case who travelled to Hawke’s Bay and returned a positive COVID-19 result following their arrival back in the Waikato, however we are asking people in Hawke’s Bay to continue to check the Ministry of Health’s Locations of Interest page for the next few days.

One location of interest, Kmart Napier, has been identified and anyone there between 3:53pm – 5:13pm on Friday 15 October is asked to monitor their symptoms for 14 days and if any develop, get tested and stay at home until a negative test result is received and they have been symptom-free for 24 hours.

Waikato update
We’re reporting two additional cases of COVID-19 in Waikato today - one in Te Awamutu and one in Hamilton.

There are seven cases in Waikato which remain unlinked, including the two newest cases. Investigations and interviews are continuing today to determine and establish any links.

Waikato DHB is continuing to carry out testing throughout the region, to help determine any undetected community spread of COVID-19.

We are urging anyone in Waikato - in particular, people in Te Awamutu - to get tested if they have any symptoms that could be COVID-19.

Testing locations in and around Waikato are available on the Healthpoint website and the Waikato DHB website, with testing available throughout Labour Weekend.

Yesterday there were 4,195 tests processed in the region. There were 2,542 vaccinations in Waikato yesterday – of these vaccinations, 970 were first doses, and a further 1572 were second doses. The DHB is encouraging everyone to take the opportunity to be vaccinated as soon as possible to help reach 90%. Vaccination rates across the region are 84% first dose and 67% fully vaccinated.

Auckland update
As the outbreak is now more dispersed we are concentrating our testing approach in areas with higher positivity rates where the risk of unidentified cases is higher.
One suburb of interest with a high positivity rate of more than 6% is Redvale, on the North Shore.

We are asking people with symptoms, even if they are mild symptoms, and if they are vaccinated, in Redvale to get tested as soon as possible. The other suburb where we are encouraging this testing is the North Shore suburb of Rosedale where the positivity rate is 3.8%.

This testing will help to provide assurance that there is not undetected spread of COVID-19 in these communities. And that if there is any undetected transmission, this is identified as quickly as possible.

Thanks to the strong response to the call for testing in New Lynn and Bayswater, these suburbs are no longer specific areas of concern however we still encourage people in these areas to be vigilant for symptoms and get tested no matter how mild.
There is good testing capacity available this long weekend at community testing sites, GPs and urgent care clinics.

Testing is available at Community Testing Centres in:

-        Eventfinda Stadium, 17 Silverfield, Wairau Valley – open 8.30am to 4.30pm 
-        North Harbour Stadium, Oteha Valley Road in Carpark B – open 8.30am to 4.30pm  
-        Northcote Community Testing Centre, Corner of College Road and Kilham Avenue – open  6.30am to 6.30pm  
-        Whānau House, Waipareira Trust Henderson, Corner of Edsel and Catherine Street – open 8am to 2pm
-        Massey Pop-up Community Testing Centre, Carpark of Community Hub, Triangle Park, 385 Don Buck Road – open 8.30am to 3.30pm  

Testing is also available at GP and Urgent Care clinics, the locations of these can be found on  

Testing and Vaccination reminder
Yesterday saw strong demand for vaccination and testing around the country – especially pleasing for the start of a long holiday weekend.

We are continuing to urge anyone, and particularly those in areas with confirmed cases to get a test if you have any symptoms – even those who are full vaccinated or with very mild symptoms should get tested and isolate at home while waiting for test results.  

We want to reiterate our thanks to all those who staff the testing sites around the country, offering PCR tests to those who need them. Testing site staff are on the frontline of our COVID-19 response and doing the best they can to ensure people are tested in a timely and professional manner. If you do experience delays, please be patient and be kind to staff members.

Vaccination numbers also remained high yesterday. It remains our number one protection against COVID-19. The Pfizer vaccine is safe, will help stop you getting seriously ill, and could save your life.

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