Coronavirus: Latest news on the COVID-19 epidemic in the community – Tuesday January 11

1:20 p.m. – More from the Ministry of Health:

Today’s cases

We are reporting new community cases in Northland, Auckland, Waikato and Wellington.

One of Northland’s two cases was first announced yesterday, but is included in today’s official tally.

In addition, today we are announcing two new cases in Canterbury. These were notified after the daily cutoff and will be officially reported in tomorrow’s figures.

Hospitalization in Northland

Today, we are reporting that there are no cases of COVID-19 at Northland Hospital, correcting our reports for the past two days.

Our systems inadvertently detected a historical case that had previously been hospitalized.

Northland last had a COVID-19 patient hospitalized in November.

Regional updates

We continue to ask anyone in New Zealand with symptoms – even mild ones – to get tested, even if you are vaccinated. Please stay home until you return a negative test result. We also ask people to regularly check the place of interest as these are regularly updated and follow the advice provided.

The locations of testing and vaccination centers across the country can be found on the Healthpoint website.

Please also continue to search for updated places of interest and appropriate health tips, updated regularly on the ministry website.

Northland

There are two new cases to report in Northland, one of which was announced yesterday.

The new case is in Whangārei, with investigations underway into links to previously reported cases.

Places of interest will be uploaded to the Department of Health website as they are confirmed.

Auckland

There are 9 cases to report in Auckland today.

Health care and social protection providers are now helping 916 people in the region self-isolate at home, including 189 cases.

Waikato

There are two new cases in Waikato today, including one unrelated to a previously reported case. One comes from Coromandel and the other from Te Aroha.

Pop-up test sites are now operating in Whangamatā, Te Kūiti, Taumarunui, Tokoroa, Ōtorohanga, Putāruru and Hamilton. Tests are available at general practices in Waihi, Whangamatā, Whitianga and Te Awamutu by appointment.

Yesterday 1,179 tests were carried out in Waikato and 4,355 vaccines were administered.

In Waikato, public health, primary care and manaaki providers are treating 32 home-isolating cases.

Wellington

There is a new case to report to Wellington.

This case is linked to the Hidden Valley Festival in Matakana, north of Auckland. Investigations of the cases are ongoing and places of interest will be added as they are confirmed.

Places of interest for other Wellington cases are posted on the ministry’s website and we encourage people to check them out, especially if you’ve been out of town while on vacation, remember to check the places you’ve visited in the past two weeks, and follow directions for symptoms and tests.

Testing sites are open in the Wellington area, with locations and hours of operation on the Healthpoint website.

Canterbury

There are two new cases to be announced in the Canterbury region. These cases were notified after the daily cut-off time and will be officially added to tomorrow’s figures.

The new cases are in South Canterbury and Canterbury.

The South Canterbury case is still under investigation, but shares a focus with a previously reported case.

The Canterbury case remains under investigation for any connection to previously reported cases.