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45 new community cases, MOH remove vaccination status for hospital cases

Ministry of Health COVID statistics for 27 January 2022.

Test results are based on the PCR test.

The vaccination status of hospitalised cases has been removed from today’s announcement. Previously, most hospitalised cases in the Norther Region were ‘fully vaccinated’.

Omicron update

Public health teams are continuing to manage Omicron cases in the community through rapidly isolating cases and contacts, contact tracing, and testing to slow the spread.

To date, there are 90 community cases of COVID-19 that are either confirmed as Omicron variant or have been linked to previously reported Omicron case, an increase of 34.

There are active cases being treated as Omicron in Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Palmerston North, and Nelson Tasman.

Many of these additional cases have previously been reported as COVID-19 cases and linked retrospectively either through whole genome sequencing or epidemiologically.

Therefore, many are not included in today’s reported new COVID-19 community cases.

The number of cases and contacts are expected to grow given the highly transmissible nature of Omicron and as more is learned from case interviews.

Soundsplash music festival

Yesterday afternoon five people in Auckland tested positive for COVID-19 after having attended Soundsplash music festival in Hamilton over the weekend.

This morning, a location of interest was published for the event.

Anyone who attended the festival is asked to self-monitor for symptoms for ten days following exposure at the event, which is until Wednesday, February 2.

If any cold or flu symptoms develop which could be COVID-19, please get a test and isolate at home until a negative result is returned.

So far, 68 people who attended the festival have been identified as close contacts, and this number is expected to increase. Contact tracing staff are contacting these individuals, who are required to follow all public health advice regarding isolation and testing.

Whole Genome Sequencing has confirmed that one of the cases who attended the festival has the Omicron variant. Whole genome sequencing is underway for the remaining four cases.

Interviews with the five cases will assist in determining whether they contracted COVID-19 before or while attending the festival.

Hospitalisations

  • Cases in hospital: 5; North Shore: 2; Auckland: 1; Middlemore: 1, Rotorua: 1,
  • Average age of current hospitalisations: 68
  • Cases in ICU or HDU: 1 (Rotorua)

Cases

  • Seven day rolling average of community cases: 29
  • Seven day rolling average of border cases: 42
  • Number of new community cases: 45
  • Number of new cases identified at the border: 51
  • Location of new community cases: Auckland (22), Waikato (2), Bay of Plenty (3), Lakes (7), Taranaki (1), Hawke’s Bay (8), Nelson Marlborough (2)
  • Number of community cases (total): 11,601 (in current community outbreaks)
  • Cases epidemiologically linked (total): 8,858
  • Number of active cases (total): 507 (cases identified in the past 21 days and not yet classified as recovered)
  • Confirmed cases (total): 15,466

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  1. Removing vax status from hospitalized cases? Nothing suspicious there I’m sure, no nothing suspicious at all. Meanwhile in Australia in NSW the government announces “ALL in NSW hospitals are sick now AFTER the vax… and its affecting age groups that were largely unaffected pre vax…”

    One hopes those considering the booster may now reconsider.

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