Daily COVID-19 Developments (15.09.20)

Daily COVID-19 Developments (15.09.20)

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There are 3 new total cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand today.

All cases are detected in recent returnees that are in managed isolation facilities. There are no new community cases.

The total number of active cases of COVID-19 is 83. 28 of those cases are imported and are in MIQ facilities, and 55 are community cases.


There are 4 people with COVID-19 in hospital today.

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 3 new cases bring a total number of confirmed cases to 1,450, which is the number MOH (Ministry of Health) reports to the World Health Organization. 

Case information:
One of the three new cases is a man in his 30s and two children who arrived collectively together from Dubai on September 9. They have been in managed isolation at the Ibis Hotel in Rotorua and tested positive for COVID-19 during usual testing around day 3 of their stay.

There are currently 56 people linked to the community cluster that remain in Auckland’s quarantine facility, this also includes 26 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and their household contacts.

Auckland’s Healthcare Worker:
Since yesterday the case of a healthcare worker from Auckland’s quarantine facility has been genomically linked to the Auckland cluster.

The case is most closely genomically linked to three cases from the cluster that were staying in isolation at the Auckland quarantine facility. The worky by chance wasn’t likely exposed to the virus at the facility, however, an epidemiological link to an existing case is still being looked into.

Close contacts and or casual contacts from the gym classes that the case attended at are being evaluated by the Auckland Regional Public Health staff.

There is accordingly 94 possible close contacts being looked into from the three gym classes at Les Mills. 72 of which has been confirmed as close contacts. 71 contacts have been contacted and are currently self-isolating.

“We are in the process of contacting the remaining person. Most have been tested already,” said the Ministry of Health.

Public staff will determine which of these contacts should be in self-isolation and also be tested. Anyone who is regarded as a casual contact in this situation is being advised to get a test for COVID-19, but they are not exactly having to self-isolate unless told or asked to do so.


Close contacts or casual contacts may vary as further knowledge is gathered and assessed.

There are currently 56 people linked to the community cluster who remain in the Auckland quarantine facility, which includes 26 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and their household contacts.  

Since August 11, the contact tracing teams have identified 3,779 close contacts of cases, of which 3,772 have been contacted and are self-isolating. The teams are in the process of contacting the rest.

Yesterday testing laboratories processed 4,402 tests, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 872,444.

One of the cases is isolating on a ward in Auckland City Hospital. Another one is in isolation on a ward in Middlemore Hospital.

Two are in ICU, at North Shore and Waikato hospitals

16 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 2,215,700 users registered on NZ COVID Tracer.

The app has recorded a total of 59,103,231 poster scans, and users have created 2,894,932 manual diary entries in NZ COVID Tracer.

There have been 370,098 QR codes created to be displayed around the country.

“As part of the management of the Auckland community cluster, notifications have been sent out for 18 different exposure events. This includes four related to the healthcare worker case, covering the Les Mills Takapuna gym (2), the Warehouse Milford, and Countdown Milford,” said the Ministry of Health.

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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