Ministry of Health reports 11 positive Covid-19 community cases, 2 in managed isolation

Ministry of Health reports 11 positive Covid-19 community cases, 2 in managed isolation

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Eleven new cases of Covid-19 have been reported today in the community and two in managed isolation.

The total number of active Covid-19 cases linked to the Auckland community outbreak is 31. Eight are in Auckland and three are in Wellington — the three recently travelled to Auckland and visited a location of interest there.

There are 19 cases linked to being part of the Auckland outbreak with 12 under investigation. All cases have or are being transferred safely to a managed isolation facility, under strict infection prevention and control procedures. Use of full PPE gear has been applied.

An Air New Zealand crew member reported yesterday testing positive has been confirmed to be a border-related case — not linked to Auckland's outbreak — according to genome sequencing results.

“Public health officials are currently conducting interviews to establish how the new cases were infected and to determine further details of their movements,” a statement from the Ministry says.

“We will continue to release this information as it becomes available.”

Cases under investigation:
One case was reported in a family bubble with a case that was reported on Thursday.Another case is in a family bubble with a case reported on WednesdayOne other case is in a family bubble with a case also reported on Wednesday
 Two more of the cases reported today are also in a family bubble together
Positive MIQ arrivals:
The first new case arrived on August 11[details not yet confirmed]positive at day 8/staying at a facility in Auckland
A second case (historical) reported today arrived on August 18From the Philippines via Singaporepositive at day 0/staying at a facility in Auckland

Testing numbers:
Laboratories have processed a total of 2,612,235 tests to date.

Yesterday, 27,899 were processed, while the seven-day rolling average up to yesterday is 9,085.

Testing in Auckland increased by more than 50 percent with over 24,000 community tests undertaken. More than 8,000 were taken at community testing centres and around 16,000 at general practice and urgent care clinics.

“The Ministry thanks New Zealanders playing their part in complying with Alert Level 4, in getting a test and for their patience at sites while there is high demand. The Ministry also thanks testing staff for stepping up again – these staff are working at pace at the frontline of our COVID-19 response, in high-stress environments, and making personal sacrifices to keep our communities safe,” a statement from the Ministry says.

“All DHBs are ensuring there is good access to testing across the regions. Further locations, including in rural areas, are being actively considered for expanding the geographical spread of testing to help determine whether there has been any undetected transmission to date.”

For up-to-date information on all testing locations around the country, go to the healthpoint website.

COVID Tracer statistics:
On the NZ COVID Tracer app, 2,966,100 users are now registered, recording a total of 326,384,671 poster scans.

There have been 13,410,127 manual diary entries done so far.

In the last 24 hours to midday yesterday, 497,085 scans were processed.

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