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51 new community cases today, 47 in Auckland, 4 in Waikato

COVID-19 update from the Ministry of Health for Sunday, October 17 2021

There are 51 new community cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand. 47 are in Auckland, and 4 in Waikato.

Here is the breakdown of the numbers. As is normal, there is no mention of how many community or hospital cases were already vaccinated:

  • Number of new community cases: 51
  • Number of new cases identified at the border: Two
  • Location of new community cases: Auckland (47) Waikato (4)
  • Location of community cases (total)*: Auckland 1,886 (1,303 of whom have recovered); Waikato 42 (2 of whom have recovered); Wellington 17 (all of whom have recovered)
    Number of community cases (total): 1,945 (in current community outbreak)
  • Cases infectious in the community : 19 of yesterday’s 41 cases have exposure events
  • Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious : 22 of yesterday’s 41 cases
  • Cases epidemiologically linked: 28 of today’s 51 cases
  • Cases to be epidemiologically linked: 23 of today’s 51 cases
  • Cases epidemiologically linked (total): 1,795 (in the current cluster) (127 unlinked from the past 14 days)
  • Cases in hospital: 29 (total): North Shore (4); Middlemore (14); Auckland (11)
  • Cases in ICU or HDU: Five
  • Confirmed cases (total): 4,632 since pandemic began
  • Historical cases, since 1 Jan 2021 (total): 171 out of 2,817 since 1 Jan 2021

Note: *One previously reported case has been reclassified as ‘not a case’.


  • Number of active contacts being managed (total): 1973
  • Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements): 84%
  • Percentage with at least one test result: 75%
  • Locations of interest
  • Locations of interest (total): 447 (as at 10am 17 October)


  • Number of tests (total): 3,752,266
  • Number of tests total (last 24 hours): 26,667
  • Tests processed in Auckland (last 24 hours): 8,895
  • Tests rolling average (last 7 days): 23,575
  • Testing centres in Auckland: 17

Waikato update

Four new cases were confirmed in the Waikato overnight. Two cases (one in Hamilton and one in Raglan) were known contacts of existing cases, including one individual who was already in managed isolation.

Investigations are underway to determine how the other two cases are connected to the current outbreak. One lives in Hamilton and the other has an address in Kihikihi. It is possible that the Kihikihi case is the source of the wastewater detections in Te Awamutu, however this has not yet been confirmed.

Waikato DHB is continuing to carry out regionwide testing and we are encouraging anyone with symptoms to get tested – particularly for residents of Raglan, Te Awamutu and Kihikihi. Testing will be available tomorrow in Kihikihi. The location of testing sites available today in the Waikato are below, and are also available on the Healthpoint website and the Waikato DHB website.


Following two positive detections in wastewater samples in Wellsford, it can be confirmed that there is one household in the area with cases. Wellsford residents are urged to remain vigilant and get tested if they have any symptoms.

There is a pop-up community testing centre open today at Warkworth until 4pm – please call ahead to book your test. COVID-19 testing is also available at general practice and urgent care clinics. A pop-up testing centre will be operating in Kaiwaka from 10am to 5pm from tomorrow. For other testing locations, visit the Healthpoint website.

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