Covid-19 cases in the community continue to decline and symptomatic Auckland residents are urged to get tested this weekend ahead of an alert level decision announcement on Monday.
- Currently, there are 11 new cases of Covid-19 in the community.
- There are now 879 cases in total, and 288 cases have been recovered.
- There are 29 unrelated cases, including six as of today.
- Six new cases are in managed isolation and two historical cases were reported today.
Second round of resurgence aid payments
Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson said a second round of the resurgence support payment will open.
“This is a new payment, as the resurgence support payment was originally seen as a one-time initiative, but it is clear that since the increased alert level restrictions are in place for longer, it puts more pressure on companies.” .
Applications will open on September 17 and will be available for up to a month after a nationwide return to Tier 1.
To qualify, businesses must experience a decrease of at least 30 percent in revenue over seven days as a result of current alert levels, as well as existing eligibility.
The seven-day window is from September 8.
Last case in Middlemore
Health officials are investigating a mysterious Covid-19 case that spent time in the hospital and interacted with seven police officers before learning she was infected.
The woman was taken as a precaution when she went to Middlemore Hospital yesterday for a reason unrelated to Covid.
He spent two hours in the hospital emergency department and short-stay ward, and the positive result came back after he left.
He had also had contact with seven police officers on Wednesday morning.
The officers wore masks, but they were removed as a precaution.
Hospital staff wore full protective gear and are considered low risk, but 36 patients were asked to isolate themselves.
We need the weekend test numbers to be high; get tested if you have symptoms’ – Bloomfield
New Zealanders are being told to keep Covid-19 test numbers high over the weekend ahead of next week’s alert level decision.
The cabinet will meet on Monday to decide if any part of the country can lower an alert level.
Yesterday more than 14,000 swabs were processed.
Chief Health Officer Dr Ashley Bloomfield said 7,000 of those tests were from the Auckland region.
“This continues to give us confidence about the outbreak and whether it is controlled or not, and one thing I would like to emphasize is that this weekend is critical to getting high test numbers.
“So anyone with symptoms, particularly in Tāmaki Makaurau, please go and get tested.”
Investigations into locations of interest and mysterious cases continue
Several new locations of interest are part of the Ministry of Health source’s investigation of two unrelated cases.
The two unrelated cases are household contacts, but genomic testing shows they have different virus mutations, meaning there could be one or two cases between them.
One of the new locations of interest is the Crowne Plaza Vaccination Center.
The potential exposure date is August 23rd.
Anyone who has visited the vaccination center or any of the newer places listed by the Ministry of Health should get tested immediately.
Vaccination boost this weekend
People who attended the country’s first mass vaccination event in Manukau in late July are among the thousands who visited self-service centers in Auckland today for a second dose.
From today until Sunday, you are invited to go to the Auckland Airport Park and Ride in Māngere or the Trusts Arena in Henderson, if you have not already booked elsewhere.
Both sites have been operating as vaccination centers since last month and additional staff have been hired.
Matt Hannant, vaccination program leader for the Northern Region Health Coordination Center, says 2,500 doses had been administered at the two sites as of 1 pm today.
“Actually, we think we could probably do more [the Airport Park & Fly site]. The site is set to do over 4000. So I think a key message from us is that if you haven’t had your first dose, come drive through. We would be very happy to see you there, “he said.
At the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga in Favona, a three-day mass vaccination event for Auckland’s Tongan community was also in its second day.
Go ahead for CSR workers
One-way trips without quarantine for seasonal workers from Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu will start from next month.
The worker cap will remain at 14,400.
Workers must have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, complete a period of self-isolation upon arrival, and return a negative test on day zero and day five of covid-19.
Both Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor say a cautious approach is being taken to open quarantine-free travel to the Pacific.
O’Connor says they are starting with CSR workers because they come to New Zealand as a group and stay in accommodation arranged by the employer.
Auckland Hospital tightens rules for visitors
Visitor rules at Auckland Hospital have been tightened in the wake of protests from staff, patients and unions.
It allowed two people per patient, but that has changed to a single person for up to two hours.
Auckland Hospital is also clarifying to nurses and doctors which managers they might complain to if members of the public break the rules.