As it happened: Latest information on the community COVID-19 outbreak – Wednesday, November 3

1:10 p.m. – Here is the press release from the Ministry of Health:

Northland Update
There are no new cases in Northland today. Large-scale community testing and vaccinations remain essential following two unrelated community cases reported in the Far North.

Today, there are 10 community testing centers available in the region and 11 vaccination clinics.

Additional testing and vaccination capacities are put in place where and when needed.

Those who live in or around Taipa, Kaingaroa, Awanui, and Kaitaia and have exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 in the past two weeks, especially around work weekends, are encouraged to get tested as soon as possible. possible.

Northerners, especially those of the Far North, are also urged to check out the Ministry of Health website for updates on places of interest, watch for symptoms and stay home in their bubble and get tested if they are not feeling well, wear a face cover when you leave the house and use the NZ COVID Tracer app to record all movements.

Community testing centers are open today at:
Pukenui by the Houhora fishing club (8:30 am-3:30pm)
Eastern Rugby, Taipa (10 am-2pm)
Kaitaia Hospital, use the hospital aisle next to the car compound (9 am-4pm)
Kaitaia Awanui Rugby Club (9 am-2pm)
Rawene Hospital, Honey Street (9 am-2pm)
Kerikeri, 1 Sammaree Square (9 am-4pm)
Ôhaeawai rugby club rooms (9 am-5pm)
Dargaville Hospital (9 am-3pm)
Whangârei – 20, croissant Winger (9 am-4pm)
Kaiwaka – Three Furlongs (10 am-2pm).

Community vaccination centers are open today at:
Kaitaia, the old warehouse (10 am-5pm)
Waitomo Papakainga, Kaitaia, Corner Puckey Ave & Bank St (2 pm-5pm)
Panguru Clinic (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Maitihetihe School (1 p.m. to 3 p.m.)
Ohaeawai rugby club rooms (9 am-7pm)
Moerewa, Simson Park (9 am-5pm)
Kerikeri, Sammaree Square (10 am-5pm)
Kaikohe countdown (10 am-4pm)
Whangarei, Northland Events Center (10 am-5pm)
Whangarei, 5 Walton Street (9 am-4pm)
Dargaville, 22a rue Normanby (10 am-3pm).

Yesterday 1,215 tests were carried out across Northland and 1,464 vaccinations were administered, including 449 first doses.

Auckland Update
The number of tests across Auckland remains high with more than 12,037 tests carried out yesterday.

There are now 18 community testing centers available for testing across Auckland. For up-to-date information on test sites in Auckland, visit Auckland Regional Public Health Service.

In Auckland, public health officials are now taking 692 cases to isolate them safely at home.

The safety and security of people with COVID-19 and their families remains paramount when people self-isolate at home with public health surveillance. If people cannot safely self-isolate at home, they can be moved to a managed isolation or quarantine center.

Auckland Retirement Home
Fifteen residents and four staff at Edmonton Meadows Care Home in Henderson have now returned positive tests.

Three of the COVID-19 positive residents are receiving appropriate ward-level care at North Shore Hospital.

Waikato update
Today, we are reporting three new cases in Waikato, bringing the total number of cases in the region to 144.

Two cases come from Hamilton and one from Otorohanga. Two are known contacts and were already isolated and with daily public health contact and support.

Public health staff will interview the third case to determine any links to known cases. All 18 cases from yesterday have now been linked following further investigation.

Several places of interest were added yesterday for Otorohanga and Hamilton and we encourage people to keep checking the Ministry of Health page for details.

Anyone with symptoms, even mild ones, is encouraged to get tested. The two Huntly pop-up test sites remain optional today, as do the sites in Hamilton, Ngâruawâhia, Ôtorohanga, Te Awamutu and Thames. Please check the Healthpoint website for times and locations.

Yesterday 3,025 tests were performed in Waikato and 2,781 vaccinations were administered.

Christchurch Update
There are no more new cases to report in Christchurch today. There are still the 4 active cases that are in quarantine and 22 places of interest in Canterbury – no new locations have been added in recent days.

Test results of additional wastewater samples collected in Christchurch are expected later today.

We continue to urge anyone in Christchurch with symptoms of COVID-19 – even mild ones – to get tested immediately.

There is good testing capacity throughout the region. A COVID-19 pop-up community testing center is operating today and tomorrow at the New Brighton Club. The pop-up is both a drive-through clinic and a walk-in clinic and will be open both days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For a full list of testing and vaccination centers in Christchurch, please see the Canterbury DHB website.

Yesterday, more than 2,900 COVID-19 swabs were taken at our testing sites and via general practice teams throughout the Canterbury community and 4,994 COVID-19 vaccinations were performed in Canterbury.

Followed by “Super Saturday”
It has now been three weeks since Super Saturday, so people who received their first vaccine this weekend are encouraged to receive their second dose this Saturday – or as soon as possible after that.

Those who had their first dose on Super Saturday will receive email and text reminders to pick up their second injection.

This will be supported by promotion on radio and social media, as well as advertising around NPC rugby matches this weekend to encourage second vaccinations.

This is supported in Auckland at Eden Park this weekend with the #GotYaDot event – a unifying campaign to help whanau, hapû, iwi, teams, communities and families obtain a dowry (vaccine) and protect their whakapapa.

Head ship Nicks
A person from Myanmar is in custody in Gisborne today after jumping from a ship at sea near Young Nicks Head last night.

They were recovered at sea and admitted to hospital suffering from hypothermia. They have been tested for COVID-19 and have already returned a negative result and are now discharged from the hospital.

The ship remains anchored 3 km offshore.

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