Daily COVID-19 Developments (14.09.20)

Daily COVID-19 Developments (14.09.20)

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There is 1 new total case of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand today.

The case is a female child who is epidemiologically linked to an existing case connected to the Botany sub-cluster which has been genomically linked to the Auckland cluster.

The total number of active cases of COVID-19 is 96. 39 of those are imported cases in MIQ facilities, and 57 are community cases.

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

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2 are currently in ICU (Intensive Care Unit) at North Shore and Waikato hospitals.

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

The 1 new cases bring a total number of confirmed cases to 1,447, which is the number MOH (Ministry of Health) reports to the World Health Organization. 

Case information:
The new single case for today is a female child who is epidemiologically linked to an existing case associated with the Botany sub-cluster which has been genomically linked to the Auckland cluster.

The child has been in isolation since August 30, the reason for being in isolation is because the child is a household contact of a confirmed case. 

Auckland’s Healthcare Worker:
A healthcare worker from Auckland’s quarantine facility, who was reported yesterday has had a result returning as been genomically sequenced by ESR. The health worker case is genomically linked to three cases that have been in the Auckland quarantine facility, that are also linked to the Auckland cluster.

Jet Park is the most likely area of transmission, but the Public Health Unit will continue to investigate and extend the investigation to find out exactly how the infection occurred.

The worker has also got five household contacts, all contacts of the healthcare worker returned a negative test result to COVID-19. Since they are close contacts, they will remain in self-isolation for the full 14-day period and will also be retested twice to ensure they do not have the virus.

Nine other healthcare staff from the quarantine facility have also been identified as close contacts and were tested, they all have returned a negative result. they will remain in self-isolation for the full 14-day period and will also be retested twice to ensure they do not have the virus.

The deep cleaning was underway yesterday to clean any of the staff areas in the facility.

“We would like to sincerely thank staff from elsewhere in the healthcare sector who are working at Jet Park to provide cover for those staff who are self-isolating. We would also like to sincerely thank all healthcare professionals who choose to work in our managed isolation and quarantine facilities, they are a critical part of New Zealand’s response to COVID-19,” said the Ministry of Health in a press release to media.

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Tracing/Testing:
There are currently 53 people linked to the community cluster who remain in the Auckland quarantine facility, which includes 29 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and their household contacts. 

Since August 11, the contact tracing teams have identified 3,708 close contacts of cases, of which 3,697 have been contacted and are self-isolating. The teams are in the process of contacting the rest.

Yesterday testing laboratories processed 3,573 tests, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 868,042.

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

Two are in ICU, at North Shore and Waikato hospitals

Two 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.

NZ COVID Tracer App:
There are now 2,207,900 users registered on NZ COVID Tracer.

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The app has recorded a total of 57,516,651 poster scans, and users have created 2,848,976 manual diary entries in NZ COVID Tracer.

There have been 368,745 QR codes created to be displayed around the country.

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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