COVID-19: No new cases to report in New Zealand today

COVID-19: No new cases to report in New Zealand today

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There are no new cases of COVID-19 to report today in New Zealand.

There was no 1 pm press briefing today.

Today the Ministry of Health has reported that 18 people are isolating in the Auckland quarantine facility from the community and 9 people who are also included who have tested positive for COVID-19 and their household contacts.

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One person who has COVID-19 is currently at Middlemore hospital. The patient is in isolation on a general ward.

Since August 11 the contact tracing teams have identified 4,075 close contacts of COVID-19 cases. 4,072 have so far been contacted and are now self-isolating or have already completed self-isolation.

The total number of active COVID-19 cases is currently 55, and of those 28 are imported and are in MIQ facilities. 27 are community cases. 

“Lower testing figures on Saturdays and Sundays are not unusual. However, this is a good reminder that we can’t afford to be complacent,” said the Ministry of Health.

People are being reminded to do the following:
– Stay home if you are unwell
– Maintain good hygiene practices
– Use the NZ COVID Tracer app or keep a record of where you have been

“If you have symptoms and are away from home, call Healthline who will be able to tell you where you can get a test,” said the Ministry of Health.

Public health services are continuing to trace, contact and isolate close contacts of three community cases that were reported on September 23.

There are currently 44 close contacts that were associated with the three cases. All close contacts have been self-isolating, all also have returned a negative test but two which are currently pending.

There are now 2,281,100 users registered on NZ COVID Tracer.

The NZ COVID Tracer app has recorded a total of 77,160,856 poster scans, and users have created 3,381,406 manual diary entries in NZ COVID Tracer.

The Ministry of Health says that the National Contact Tracing team will continue issuing exposure notices through the NZ COVID Tracer App when it’s appropriate.

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“We’re aware of a number of people who got tested last week because they received an App notification indicating they’d been at a location during a designated contact time.”

“It’s great to hear the system is working smoothly and we want to thank these people for getting tested.”

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