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There are 2 new total cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand today.
The 2 new cases are both associated with the bereavement events sub-cluster that is epidemiologically linked to the Mt Roskill Evangelical Fellowship group.
The total number of active cases of COVID-19 is 108. Of those, 38 are imported cases in MIQ facilities, and 70 are community cases.
There are 3 people with COVID-19 in hospital today.
2 are currently in ICU (Intensive Care Unit).
The number of COVID-19 related deaths in New Zealand is 24.
The 2 new cases bring a total number of confirmed cases to 1,444, which is the number MOH (Ministry of Health) reports to the World Health Organization.
One of the reported cases today is a student at Sunnyvale School in Henderson. The Student was not infectious when they had last attended school and Auckland Regional Public Health Service has not identified any close contacts with the school community.
Sunnyvale School in Henderson will remain open and safe for students and staff to attend.
33 active cases remain in the Mt Roskill Evangelical Fellowship group and there are now 15 active cases in the bereavement events group, which includes the cases whose source of infection was the bereavement events.
The leaders of the Mt Roskill Evangelical Fellowship group have actively encouraged all members associated to get re-tested for COVID-19 and self-isolate.
“As a result of this, at 8 am this morning our laboratories had registered new tests for 98 per cent of the congregation. We want to thank them again for their participation in contributing to our efforts to control the wider Auckland cluster,” said the Ministry of Health.
63 people have been linked to the community cluster who remain in Auckland’s quarantine facility, this also includes 47 people who have returned tests as positive for COVID-19 and their household contacts.
Yesterday testing laboratories processed 8,838 tests, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 857,258.
Since August 11, the contact tracing teams have identified 3,647 close contacts of cases, of which 3,640 have been contacted and are self-isolating. The teams are in the process of contacting the rest.
One of the cases is in isolation on a ward in Auckland City Hospital. Two are in ICU, at North Shore and Waikato hospitals.
8 cases have additionally recovered.
Laboratories yesterday have processed 7,950 tests for COVID-19, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 839,467
NZ COVID Tracer App:
There are now 2,190,800 users registered on NZ COVID Tracer.
The app has recorded a total of 53,955,084 poster scans, and users have created 2,757,451 manual diary entries in NZ COVID Tracer.
There have been 367,650 QR codes created to be displayed around the country.
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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