Daily COVID-19 Developments (16.09.20)

Daily COVID-19 Developments (16.09.20)

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

The one new detected case is a recent returnee in a managed isolation facility. There are no new community cases for New Zealand.

The total number of active cases of COVID-19 is 79. 287 of those cases are imported and are in MIQ facilities, and 52 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 Middlemore hospitals.

The number of COVID-19 related deaths in New Zealand is 25.

The 1 new case brings a total number of confirmed cases to 1,451, which is the number MOH (Ministry of Health) reports to the World Health Organization. 

Case information:
The one new case for today is a woman in her 30s who arrived from Dubai on September 9, who is related to the three cases reported yesterday.

Auckland’s Healthcare Worker:
An update was sent to media about Auckland’s quarantine isolation facility healthcare worker who had tested positive for COVID-19 — the worker earlier was genomically linked to cases that were on their final days of isolation at the Auckland facility. The epidemiological link has now been established.

The link, of which was identified to a community case at the facility who required hospitalisation, the healthcare worker assessed and assisted this community case.

“A review is underway of the circumstances around the situation to ensure lessons are learnt and any improvements to processes are made.”

Tracing/Testing:
Testing laboratories processed 9,088 tests yesterday, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 881,532.

There is currently 57 people linked to the community cluster who will remain at the Auckland quarantine facility and this also includes 27 people who were tested as positive for COVID-19 and their household contacts.

Since August 11, contact tracing teams has identified 4,139 close contacts of cases, of which 4,046 have been contacted and are self-isolating, and they are currently in the process of contacting the rest.

“Our national contact tracing system has recorded 85 close contacts identified from the three gym classes at Les Mills Takapuna – they have all been contacted and are self-isolating. To date, our system has recorded 80 of those close contacts as having returned a negative test result.”

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There have been 195 casual contacts identified from the gym classes and 91 people have been tested and returned a negative result.

“These numbers will continue to change as follow up calls are made and more information is gathered and assessed in our investigations.”

Today’s Death of COVID-19 announced:
Today the Ministry of Health reported to media that a man who had COVID-19 sadly died. The man was In his 50s, he was a confirmed case of COVID-19 linked to the Auckland cluster. The man was admitted to Waikato Hospital on August 19 then transferred to ICU on August 26. Sadly, he passed away yesterday afternoon.

The man’s whanau has asked us to tell the country that “coronavirus is so real”, and to be very vigilant and cautious.

They have issued a plea to all New Zealanders: “if you are sick and have symptoms, stay home”.

This man’s death again emphasises the importance of reducing transmission of the virus and also the consequences it can have.

There have now been 25 COVID-19 related deaths in New Zealand.

“Our thoughts are with this man’s family and friends during this difficult time as they mourn the loss of their loved one. They have requested privacy as they grieve, and we ask that that is respected.”

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

Two are in ICU, at North Shore and Middlemore hospitals

Four 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 2,222,200 users registered on NZ COVID Tracer.

The Tracer app has recorded a total of 60,801,150 poster scans, and users of the app have done 2,939,892 manual diary entries in NZ COVID Tracer.

There has been 371,085 QR codes created and 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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