Daily COVID-19 Developments (8.09.20)

Daily COVID-19 Developments (8.09.20)

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There are 6 new total cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand today.

2 are in a managed isolation facility, detected as imported cases. There are 4 new community cases all linked to the Mt Roskill Evangelical Fellowship Church group within the Auckland August cluster. 

The total number of active cases is 123. Of those, 43 are imported cases in MIQ facilities, and 80 are community cases.

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

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2 are currently in ICU (Intensive Care Unit).

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

The 6 new cases bring a total number of confirmed cases to 1,431, which is the number MOH (Ministry of Health) reports to the World Health Organization. 

Case information:
Two of the cases are imported and were detected in MIQ facilities. One of the two cases is a man in his 20s who arrived in New Zealand on 3 September from the Philippines and was at a managed isolation facility when he tested positive for COVID-19 on day 3.

The second case of the two is a female in her late teen who was on the same flight as the previous case, she came from the Philippines and was also tested as positive for COVID-19 on day 3.

The four new cases are currently all linked to the Mt Roskill Evangelical Fellowship Church group within the Auckland August cluster.  Auckland Regional Public Health is actively investigating, tracing and testing their contacts.

Since 11 August, contact tracing teams have identified 3,274 close contacts of known cases, of which 3,228 have been contacted and are self-isolating, and the team are currently in the process of contacting the rest.

69 people are linked to the community cluster, who remain in the Auckland quarantine facility, which includes 52 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and their household contacts.

Hospital/Recoveries:
Two people are now stable and currently are in isolation in wards – one is in Middlemore Hospital and one is in North Shore Hospital.

Two are currently in ICU, at North Shore Hospital and Waikato Hospital.

Today’s six new cases and one additional case have recovered.

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On 4 Sept 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 deaths in New Zealand are now 24.

Testing:
Yesterday testing laboratories processed 4,525 tests for COVID-19, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 823,154.

Border, Managed Isolation Facilities and workers:
The Ministry of Health recognises frontline workers who’re continuing to work hard to perform important services for New Zealand during COVID-19.

“At our ports, our borders and elsewhere, the nature of this work can mean staff will be required to undergo regular COVID-19 tests. We want to thank these workers and their employers for their willingness to participate in a testing process that’s helping keep all New Zealanders safe from COVID-19,” said a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health.

NZ COVID Tracer:
NZ COVID Tracer app registrations continue to increase and there are now 2,150,000 registered users. There have been 362,256 posters created.

The app has recorded 45,494,859 poster scans, and 2,529,729 manual diary entries.

And a reminder that the NZ COVID Tracer booklet is now available to help people keep a written record of their movements if they can’t download the app. It can be downloaded from the COVID-19 website.

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