Today we are reporting 5,169 community cases and 599 current hospitalisations.
The seven-day rolling average of community case numbers today is 4,938. Last Wednesday it was 6,355.
There are now a total of 1,705 deaths confirmed as attributable to COVID-19, either as the underlying cause of death or as a contributing factor. The seven-day rolling average increase in total deaths attributable to COVID-19 is now 15.
*These are new hospital admissions in the past 7 days prior to yesterday who had COVID at the time of admission or while in hospital, excluding hospitalisations that were admitted and discharged within 24hrs. This data is from Districts with tertiary hospitals: Auckland, Canterbury/West Coast, Southern, Counties Manukau, Waikato, Capital & Coast/Hutt, Waitemata and Northland.
Please note, the Ministry of Health’s daily reported cases may differ slightly from those reported at a District 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.
There are now a total of 1,705 deaths confirmed as attributable to COVID-19, either as the underlying cause of death or as a contributing factor. This is the number that will be reported to the World Health Organization as it provides the most accurate assessment of COVID-19 related mortality in New Zealand.
In the past seven days there have been an average of 15 deaths confirmed each day as being attributable to COVID-19. This is a very sad time for whānau and friends of those who have died, and our thoughts and condolences are with them.
Information on the number of new deaths of people with COVID-19 reported to the Ministry of Health in the last 24 hours, and the seven-day rolling average, is available on the Ministry of Health website. This includes information on the age band and location of these newly reported deaths.
As indicated in yesterday’s statement, today’s COVID-19 vaccination data has been updated because of a technical change to vaccine coverage reporting, which means some changes in reported vaccination rates.
These changes are the result of moving to the latest available Health Service User (HSU2021) population dataset to calculate vaccination coverage, which replaces HSU2020 data.
The HSU measures the number of people who have used health services over a 12-month period.
The latest HSU data includes an additional 233,000 people who have been identified as eligible for a vaccination after using health services during the 2021 calendar year, so they were not previously captured in the HSU2020 data.
The update will mean a decrease in overall reported vaccination rates, although the number of people already vaccinated has stayed the same, and will increase as more people become vaccinated.
The decrease in the overall vaccination rate is because although we have the same number of people vaccinated, we are now dividing that number by a larger group of people.