Wednesday. 14 new cases - 4,444,065 total vaccinations

by Peter Newport - Sep 15, 2021

From RNZ and the Ministry of Health:

There have been 14 new community cases of Covid-19 reported today, all detected in Auckland, the Ministry of Health has revealed.

All of today's cases were in Auckland and all have been epidemiologically linked to previous cases.

There has now been a total of 983 cases in the current outbreak.

Yesterday the ministry announced there were 15 new cases - a drop from 33 identified the previous day.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said at today's media briefing that the worker at the SO/ Auckland Hotel MIQ facility that has tested positive for Covid-19 has a potential link with a community case so is not being considered as a result of in-facility transmission.

ESR should confirm this later today.

The worker was fully vaccinated and was also now in quarantine, he said.

There are 20 cases in hospital today, including four in ICU or HDU.

There were also three new historical cases detected at the border.

The Ministry said 441 of the 966 Auckland cases had now recovered, while all but two of Wellington's 17 cases have also recovered.

There have now been 3981 cases of the coronavirus in New Zealand since the pandemic began.

15 September

Number of new community cases 14
Number of new cases identified at the border 3 historical cases
Location of new cases Auckland
Location of community cases (total) Auckland 966 (441 of whom have recovered); Wellington 17 (15 of whom have recovered)
Number of community cases (total) 983 (in current community outbreak)
Cases infectious in the community Three (19%) of yesterday’s 15 cases have exposure events
Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious 13 (81%) of yesterday’s 15 cases
Cases epidemiologically linked 14 of today’s cases
Cases to be epidemiologically linked 0 of today’s cases
Cases epidemiologically linked (total) 947 (in current cluster) (8 in past 14 days unlinked)
Number of sub-clusters Nine epidemiologically linked subclusters. The three largest subclusters are the Māngere church group: 381; and Birkdale social network cluster: 77; secondary community transmission associated with the Māngere church group 164.
And nine epidemiologically unlinked subclusters.
Cases in hospital 20 (total): North Shore (3); Middlemore (11); Auckland (6)
Cases in ICU or HDU Four
Confirmed cases (total) 3,981 since pandemic began
Historical cases, since 1 Jan 2021 (total) 147 out of 1,807 since 1 Jan 2021
Number of active contacts being managed (total): 970
Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements) 95%
Percentage with at least one test result 90%
Locations of interest  
Locations of interest (total) 135 (as at 10am 11 September)
Number of tests (total) 3,173,328
Number of tests total (last 24 hours) 15,105
Tests in Auckland (last 24 hours) 10,150
Tests rolling average (last 7 days) 13,009
Testing centres in Auckland 23
Wastewater detections One unexpected detection from Snells Beach (from 7 September, delay due to logistical issue), additional testing underway.
COVID-19 vaccine update  
Vaccines administered to date (total) 4,444,065; 1st doses: 2,937,591; 2nd doses: 1,506,474
Vaccines administered yesterday (total) 62,155; 1st doses: 39,437; 2nd doses: 22,718
Māori 1st doses: 274,022; 2nd doses: 131,725
Pacific Peoples 1st doses: 177,483; 2nd doses: 90,957
NZ COVID-19 tracer  
Registered users (total) 3,218,225
Poster scans (total) 358,863,106
Manual diary entries (total) 16,294,101
Poster scans in 24 hours to midday yesterday 2,338,860

* We now have 996 contacts under active management. This is a change from reporting total contacts across the whole outbreak. The number of contacts under active management has fallen considerably over the past two weeks, as the majority of our contacts had exposures more than 18 days ago and have been closed.

Historical cases identified at the border

Arrival date From Via Positive test day/reason Managed isolation/quarantine location
8 September India Serbia & Montenegro Day 0 / routine Christchurch
8 September India Serbia & Montenegro Day 3 / routine Christchurch
9 September USA Direct flight Day 0 / routine Christchurch

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