Daily COVID-19 Developments (11.09.20)

Daily COVID-19 Developments (11.09.20)

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The total number of active cases of COVID-19 is 114. Of those, 39 are imported cases in MIQ facilities, and 75 are community cases.

There are 3 people with COVID-19 in hospital today.

1 is currently in ICU (Intensive Care Unit).

The number of COVID-19 related deaths in New Zealand is 24.

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The 1 new case brings a total number of confirmed cases to 1,442, which is the number MOH (Ministry of Health) reports to the World Health Organization. 

Case information:
There is currently a number of inter-related cases and contacts who could have been involved with the Mt Roskill Evangelical Fellowship sub-cluster, and the bereavement sub-cluster.

“We have worked with ARPHS to refine our information to more clearly identify those whose source of infection occurred at the bereavement events.
As a result, we can now say there are 33 cases in the Mt Roskill Evangelical Fellowship group and 13 cases in the bereavement sub-cluster, which includes the cases whose source of infection was the bereavement events,” said the Ministry of Health.

The Churches leaders in charge are continuously encouraging members of the congregation to be retested for COVID-19. At around 8 am this morning testing laboratories registered more new tests for 82 per cent of the congregation.

“We want to thank them for their participation in contributing to our efforts to control the wider Auckland cluster. We ask that the privacy of people who are part of the Fellowship be respected – nobody asks for COVID-19 to come into their home, workplace, or place of worship,” said the Ministry of Health.

There were reports of people associated with the Mt Roskill Evangelical Fellowship being pursued by media.

“This is creating stress and, crucially, hindering public health work as these people are becoming reluctant to answer their phones. It is also creating a sense of stigma which is again unhelpful for public health efforts – we need people to be forthcoming and cooperative with testing and contact tracing.”

“Those affected by the virus need our collective support, and we need their cooperation to ensure COVID-19 does not spread further in our communities.”

Tracing/Testing:
There is now 70 people linked to the community cluster who are staying at the Auckland quarantine facility, which includes 55 people who have tested positive for COVID-19, including their household contacts.

Since August 11, the contact tracing teams have identified 3,623 close contacts of cases, of which 3,608 have been contacted and are self-isolating, and the teams are in the process of contacting the rest.

Henderson North School:

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One case that was reported yesterday is a student at Henderson North School. The student was with a household contact of a previously reported case. The student has been in isolation and was tested for COVID-19, returning a positive result.

The student, according to the Ministry of Health, says they were not infectious when they had last attended school, and there weren’t any close contacts among the Henderson North School community.

The risk to all students or staff was considered to be very low risk. The school will remain open.

Hospital/Recoveries:
One of the cases is in isolation on a ward in Auckland City Hospital.

Two are in ICU, at North Shore and Waikato hospitals.

Seven cases have additionally recovered.

On September 4 a man in his 50’s passed away with COVID-19. Earlier today (5Sept) there was a confirmation of a second death related to COVID-19. The total casualties in New Zealand are now 24.

Testing:
Laboratories yesterday have processed 7,950 tests for COVID-19, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 839,467

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NZ COVID Tracer App:
The NZ COVID Tracer app by the Ministry of Health has recorded 2,181,800 registered users so far.

There have been 366,041 QR codes created and displayed at entrances to shops and businesses around the country.

Users have created 2,705,019 manual diary entries in NZ COVID Tracer.

There have been 51,939,563 poster scans recorded so far from the registered users. Over two million scans have been processed every day this month.

App Updates:
On September 9, the Ministry of Health announced new updates to the COVID Tracer App.

The new NZ COVID Tracer app update will mean that the scanner will open directly to the scan screen, but only if they are logged in. A smart feature also means you can bypass the login screen to scan a QR code if you do not have much time to enter your COVID Tracer password.

Diary entries for the NZ COVID Tracer app will now be stored in your phone for 60 days instead of 31, as previously they were deleted at 31 days– this will make it easier for contact tracers to establish links between possible cases or links to COVID-19.

“Note that this doesn’t in any way affect the security of your information – the Ministry cannot access your digital diary unless you choose to share it with us after a request from a contact tracer.”

The Ministry is recommending that you are adding notes to your diary entries to record who you were with to ensure contact tracing is a lot quicker. The app now allows you to do this as you’re scanning a QR code or a specified time to add them when you can.

The Ministry also announced to media that the NZ COVID Tracer booklet is also available from the COVID19 Government website to help people keep a written record of where they’ve been and who they’ve seen if they cannot download the NZ COVID Tracer app.

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