Coronavirus: Latest on COVID-19 community outbreak – Thursday, August 26

Coronavirus: Latest on COVID-19 community outbreak – Thursday, August 26

A person at Ōtāhuhu College and a security guard employed by a contractor to Auckland Airport are amongst the latest people to test positive for COVID-19.

New Zealand’s August 2021 COVID-19 outbreak topped 200 cases on Wednesday after Dr Ashley Bloomfield announced the highest daily case number so far this year – 62.

The largest sub-cluster so far is from the Assembly of God Church in Māngere where 105 cases have been linked. Five other epidemiologically linked sub-clusters have been identified, the second largest being the Birkenhead Social cluster, which stands at around 36 cases. The other four have 10 cases or under.

So far 22,081 individual contacts have been identified across New Zealand- including 314 known contacts in the South Island. Of the country’s contacts, 14,240 have been followed up and are isolating.

There are now almost 500 visits to locations of interest released by the Ministry of Health

What you need to know:

  • New Zealand will stay in alert level 4 until 11:59pm on Friday, although Auckland will stay in level 4 until August 31
  • There are now 210 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the August 2021 outbreak. This includes 62 which were reported on Tuesday.
  • More than 20,000 individual contacts have been identified, the majority of which are close contacts
  • As of the latest update, 12 people with COVID-19 are in hospital, but none in the ICU
  • One-hundred-and-five cases are linked to the Assembly of God Church sub-cluster in south Auckland
  • Health officials are continuing to investigate possible transmission within the Crowne Plaza. Inquiries have determined six people were in the atrium walkway at the same time the Sydney returnee was in the lobby – the case to which the outbreak has been linked
  • It was a record day of vaccinations on Tuesday, with around 80,000 doses administered nationwide
  • The list of locations of interest has ballooned to more than 490 – all of which are in the North Island. You can find the Ministry of Health’s full list here.

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