Today we are reporting 9,906 community cases, 626 hospitalisations and 10 deaths.
Case numbers are continuing to decline, along with the seven-day rolling average. Today's seven-day average is 11,281, while last Friday it was 14,171.
Vaccination remains our best defence against COVID-19 and getting boosted is an important way people can protect themselves, their whanau and their friends from the virus.
Despite the decline in case numbers, please continue to follow public health advice to stay at home; away from school or work if you’re feeling unwell. Another way to protect you and your whanau is to get vaccinated if you haven’t already done so.
Please if you are due for a vaccination, whether it be a second dose or booster, make an appointment today.
Today we are sadly reporting the deaths of 10 people with COVID-19. The deaths being reported today include people who have died over the past 15 days. Delays to reporting can be associated with people dying with COVID-19, rather than from COVID-19, and COVID being discovered only after they have died.
These deaths take the total number of publicly reported deaths with COVID-19 to 466 and the seven day rolling average of reported deaths is 16.
Of the people whose deaths we are reporting today, two people were from the Auckland region, one from Waikato, two from the Lakes DHB area, three from the Wellington region and two from Canterbury.
One was aged between 10 and 19, two in their 40s, three in their 70s, three in their 80s, and one over 90.
Five were female and five were male.
This is a very sad time for whanau and friends and our thoughts and condolences are with them.
Out of respect, we will be making no further comment.
Note that the number for “People vaccinated” differs slightly from “Vaccines administered” as it includes those that have been vaccinated overseas.
Partially and second doses percentages are for those 12+. Boosted percentages are for 18+ who have become eligible 3 months after having their second dose
Percentages are based on 2020 HSU data - a health-specific population denominator. As the population continues to change over time, coverage rates can exceed 100%.
*Please note the average age of current hospitalisations is for the Northern Region admissions only at this stage. This data is recorded and extracted from the same source as the vaccination status of patients in Northern Region hospitals.
We are currently working on a data solution which would include the average age of current hospitalisations from additional DHBs.
Please note, the Ministry of Health’s daily reported cases may differ slightly from those reported at a DHB or local public health unit level. This is because of different reporting cut off times and the assignment of cases between regions, for example when a case is tested outside their usual region of residence. Total numbers will always be the formal daily case tally as reported to the WHO.