65 Community Cases Of COVID-19; 1 New Case In Managed Isolation; More Than 68,000 Vaccines Administered Yesterday


15 October 

There are
65new community cases today. As at 11am, 34 of these
cases are linked, 10 are household contacts, and 31 remain
unlinked with investigations continuing to help determine
their connection tothe
currentoutbreak.

Super
Saturday
 
Vaccination remains our number
one protection against COVID-19. We are asking everyone in
Aotearoa to either get vaccinated or support someone to get
vaccinated as part of Super Saturday – our national day of
action for vaccination, tomorrow (16 October
2021).

There will be more than 120 extra vaccination
sites open, with many sites operating with extended hours
and events and prizes on offer around the regions.

The
Covid Vaccination Healthline (0800 28 29 26) will also have
extra staff available to answer any vaccine-related
questions.

A live Vaxathon will run from midday to
8pm. The event will celebrate the regions with the biggest
change in vaccination numbers and will be supported by
well-known Kiwis.

Visit the Unite Against Covid Super
Saturday webpage
for more information.

Cases   
Number
of new community
cases 
65 
Number of new
cases identified at the
border 
One 
Location of
new community cases 
Auckland
(65) 
Location of community cases
(total) 
Auckland 1,801 (1,170 of whom have
recovered); Waikato 37 (2 of whom have recovered);
Wellington 17 (all of whom have
recovered) 
Number of community cases
(total) 
1,855 (in current community
outbreak) 
Cases infectious in the
community 
30 of yesterday’s 71 cases have
exposure events 
Cases in isolation
throughout the period they were infectious 
41
of yesterday’s 71 cases 
Cases
epidemiologically linked 
34 of today’s 65
cases 
Cases to be epidemiologically
linked 
31 of today’s 65
cases. 
Cases epidemiologically linked
(total) 
1,712 (in the current cluster) (107
unlinked from the past 14
days) 
Sub-clusters  Given
the number of unlinked cases each day, subclusters are not
currently being used in the active management of the
outbreak in Auckland. Epidemiological links are being
explored during case interviews and whole genome sequencing
is being undertaken on all cases, but the focus is on
isolating cases and identifying, testing and isolating close
contacts. 
Cases in
hospital 
34 (total): North Shore (3);
Middlemore (18); Auckland (12); Palmerston North Hospital
(1) 
Cases in ICU or
HDU 
Six 
Confirmed cases
(total) 
4,538 since pandemic
began 
Historical cases, since 1 Jan
2021 (total) 
169 out of 2,723 since 1 Jan
2021 
Contacts   
Number
of active contacts being managed
(total): 
1973 
Percentage
who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to
confirm testing and isolation
requirements) 
85% 
Percentage
with at least one test
result 
81% 
Locations
of
interest
 
 
Locations
of interest (total) 
428 (as at 10am 15
October) 
Tests   
Number
of tests
(total) 
3,701,367 
Number
of tests total (last 24
hours) 
27,766 
Tests
processed in Auckland (last 24
hours) 
12,888 
Tests
rolling average (last 7
days) 
22,612 
Testing
centres in
Auckland 
20 
Wastewater   
Wastewater
detections 

A second
wastewater sample
taken from Te Awamutu on Wednesday has
tested positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 was also
detected in a composite sample collected from Wellsford on
Tuesday. 
 

COVID-19
vaccine
update
 
 
Vaccines
administered to date (total) 
6,113,819; 1st
doses: 3,512,376 (83%); 2nd doses: 2,601,443
(62%) 
Vaccines administered yesterday
(total) 
68,003; 1st doses: 15,121; 2nd doses:
52,882 
Māori  1st
doses: 361,310; 2nd doses:
236,057 
Pacific
Peoples 
1st doses: 223,947; 2nd doses:
156,831 
Vaccines administered to
Auckland residents to date (total) 
2,214,969:
1st doses: 1,256,071 (88%); 2nd doses: 958,898
(67%) 
Vaccines administered to
Auckland residents yesterday (total) 
20,970:
1st doses: 3,571, 2nd doses:
17,399 
NZ COVID
Tracer
 
 
Registered
users
(total) 
3,299,053 
Poster
scans
(total) 
431,206,310 
Manual
diary entries
(total) 
18,276,853 
Poster
scans in 24 hours to midday
yesterday 
2,436,412

New
case identified at the border

Arrival
date
 
From  Via  Positive
test day/reason
 
Managed
isolation/quarantine
location
 
13
October 
Russia  United Arab
Emirates 
Day 0 /
routine 
Auckland

Waikato
update

Waikato DHB is continuing to carry out
regionwide testing, to help rule out any undetected
community spread of COVID-19.

There are five community
testing centres available across Waikato today, including a
pop-up testing centre in Te Awamutu following

a
second positive wastewater detection

in the
area.

Public health officials have yet to identify
anyone who returned to the area from managed isolation and
quarantine and could be shedding the virus in the
area.

For this reason, anyone in the Te Awamutu area
who has symptoms of COVID-19, or have family or household
members who are symptomatic, or anyone who travels in and
out of the area regularly for work, are urged to get tested
as soon as possible.

Anyone who has been at a

location
of interest

at the relevant time and is now in Te
Awamutu should also get tested.

Location of testing
sites in and around Te Awamutu and Waikato are available on
the

Healthpoint
website

and the

Waikato
DHB website

.

There are no new cases to
report in Waikato today, with the total number of cases in
the region associated with this outbreak remaining at 37. Of
these cases, two (who are within the same household) are yet
to be linked to another case, with investigations into the
source of their infection ongoing.

Results of whole
genome sequencing from samples from these two cases reported
on Wednesday (13 October) show they are linked to other
local cases and the Auckland outbreak. Hamilton residents
are encouraged to

keep
checking the Ministry’s website

for any
locations of interest.

Meanwhile, vaccination rates in
Waikato remained high yesterday with 6,502 people receiving
a dose – of these, 1,939 were first doses, and a further
4,563 were second doses. There were also around 3,500 swabs
taken across the region yesterday.

Next
update

The Ministry’s updates over the weekend will
be via media releases, unless there are any significant
developments.

Alert levels for Northland, Auckland,
and the Waikato will be reviewed again on Monday.

At
this stage, the next press conference is scheduled for
Monday, 18
October.

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