There were 15,910 total vaccine doses administered yesterday, including 2,698 first doses; 8,446 second doses; 216 third primary doses and 4,550 boosters. To date, 94% of eligible people in New Zealand have had their first dose and 89% are fully vaccinated.
More than 91% of the eligible population who are now fully vaccinated have downloaded a ‘My Vaccine Pass’.
Today, we are reporting new community cases in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Lakes, and Canterbury.
We are also reporting one case today in Taranaki and one in Nelson-Tasman.
The Taranaki case was announced last night by the DHB.
Both of these cases will be officially added to our case numbers tomorrow.
A border worker case, reported on 11 December, remains under investigation.
**In addition one community case has been reclassified as a border case, while a duplicate record of a community case has been removed from the database.
We are continuing to ask anyone in New Zealand with symptoms – no matter how mild – to get tested, even if you’re fully vaccinated. Please remain isolated until you return a negative test result.
Testing and vaccination centre locations nationwide can be found on the Healthpoint website.
There are two cases to report in Northland today.
Both have been linked to previously reported cases.
One of today’s cases is a person based in Kaitaia and is a close contact of an existing case and has been isolating during their infectious period.
The second case is a person based in Paihia and is a household contact of an existing case.
Testing is available in Kerikeri today at 1 Sammaree Place, today until 2pm and between 9am and 3pm tomorrow.
A full list of testing and vaccination sites open in Northland can be found on the Northland DHB website.
Today, there are 86 new cases being reported in Auckland.
Health and welfare providers are now supporting 2,751 people to isolate at home, including 686 cases.
Auckland Aged Residential Care Facility
Further testing has been undertaken at Aria Park Retirement Village in Epsom after a staff member tested positive.
There have been no further cases reported at the village.
There are nine new cases to report in Waikato today. Six are in Te Kūiti, one in Hamilton, one in Tokoroa, and one in Ōtorohanga.
One has been linked with investigations pending for the remaining cases.
Five pop-up and dedicated testing sites are operating throughout Waikato today with sites in Hamilton, Te Kūiti, Huntly, and Ōtorohanga.
ESR is reporting positive wastewater samples collected from Taumaranui and Tokoroa. Both of these towns have reported COVID-19 cases in the past few days.
Bay of Plenty
Today we are reporting three new cases in Bay of Plenty – all in the Tauranga area.
So far, two of these cases have been linked to previously reported cases; investigations are ongoing to identify links for the remaining case.
Contacts are being identified and will be contacted directly for testing and isolation advice.
Please continue to check the Ministry’s website for any further locations of interest which may be added as investigations continue.
There is one new case to report in the Lakes DHB region, based in Rotorua and linked to the existing cluster.
Public health staff are investigating to identify close contacts and any locations of interest. Close contacts will be contacted directly, and any locations of interest listed on the Ministry’s website.
A COVID-19 community case in Eltham reported late last night will be added to our tally tomorrow.
The case is not linked to any of the previously reported cases in New Plymouth or Waitara and is currently isolating at home.
Locations considered high risk to the public will be shared on the Ministry of Health’s website as soon as available. Please visit the Ministry’s website.
Testing for the Eltham community is available today at Eltham Kohanga Reo, 24 York Street from 10am – 3pm. Testing is also available from Taranaki Base Hospital testing centre, 9am – 3pm
Vaccination centre details for the region are available on the DHB’s website
There is one case to report today in Nelson-Tasman, and the case is linked to other cases.
This case has yet to be included in the formal reporting to the Ministry of Health and will be added to our tally tomorrow.
Anyone in the region with any symptoms that could be COVID-19 is urged to get a test, even if they are vaccinated.
Locations of interest are regularly added to the Ministry’s website, so we ask people living in Nelson-Tasman to check these daily.
Testing and vaccination centres open today and this weekend are available from the DHB’s website.
There are two linked cases to report in Christchurch today; both cases are in a managed isolation facility and both are household members of existing cases.
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