There are 90 community cases of Covid-19 today, the Ministry of Health has reported in its (early) 1pm update. It marks another day with less than 100 cases, a week out from Auckland’s border reopening.
Of today’s cases, 71 are in Auckland, nine are in Waikato, five are in Bay of Plenty, three are in Northland, and both Lakes DHB and Nelson have one new case.
Wastewater testing in Gisborne has once again shown traces of Covid-19, but no cases have been confirmed in the area. The latest wastewater testing was taken on December 6, following earlier positive results on December 1 and 2.
“Public health officials are not aware of any recovered cases in the region who may be shedding the virus,” said the Ministry of Health. “A third positive detection strongly indicates that there is at least one undetected case in the community.”
There are now 74 people in hospital with Covid-19, including six in intensive care.
Meanwhile, the border-related case reported in the Southern DHB remains under investigation. The case returned a weak positive after leaving managed isolation in Christchurch but has subsequently tested negative. Officials cannot rule out the infection being historic.
Public health staff have identified 14 close contacts including a household contact. All contacts are currently isolating and will be tested. The Green Lake Hut in the Fiordland National Park remains the only location of interest.
Today’s case details
Today’s new Northland case tested positive in Kaitaia after travelling from Bay of Plenty. This case has been transferred to Bay of Plenty DHB and will be recorded in their case numbers once interviews have been completed.
Two further cases announced yesterday are counted in today’s numbers. They have both been linked to known cases.
There were nine new cases confirmed in the Waikato overnight, with six in Te Kūiti, one in Ōtorohanga, and two locations under investigation. All are under investigation for links to previous cases.
There is one Covid-19 positive patient in Waikato Hospital ICU.
The five new Bay of Plenty cases are all in the Tauranga area. Public health staff are currently interviewing the cases to determine links to existing cases.
Contacts are being identified and will be contacted for testing and isolation advice.
There is one new case to report in the Lakes DHB region today. This case is in Rotorua. Investigations are continuing today to determine any links to existing cases and any locations of interest.
Finally, There is one new case being reported in Nelson-Tasman today. This case is linked to an existing case. This takes the number of active cases in the Nelson area to 20, after one case has recovered.