There were five new cases confirmed in the Waikato overnight. Two were from Ōtorohanga, one from Te Kūiti, one from Huntly, and one from Cambridge.
Of the cases, three are known contacts of previous cases. Investigations into the remaining cases are underway today.
This brings the total number of cases during this Waikato outbreak to 265 (116 active, 149 recovered) with 22 active cases remaining under investigation for links.
Across the Waikato there are seven pop-up and dedicated testing centres operating today at Hamilton, Ōtorohanga, Huntly, Ngāruawāhia and Te Kūiti.
No new locations of interest were identified yesterday.
There are four cases receiving care at Waikato Hospital.
There were 2456 tests processed in Waikato yesterday and 2284 vaccinations given.
In the Waikato region, public health staff are supporting 335 people to isolate at home, including 91 cases and 244 contacts.
|Location||Number of active cases|
Anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms, is following guidance relating to a location of interest, or has been directed by Healthline or a GP should seek a test immediately.
Otherwise, people should call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or their GP for guidance before seeking a test.
It is free to get a COVID-19 test, wherever you go.
COVID-19 testing centres
Testing locations in and around Waikato are also available on the Healthpoint and Waikato DHB websites.
Te Whare Oranga, 147 Harris Street, Huntly
Wednesday 17 - Sunday 21 November 9am-5pm
War Memorial Hall, Wight St, Huntly
Wednesday 17 - Sunday 21 November 10am-6pm
Ōtorohanga Sports Club carpark, Island Reserve, Orahiri Terrace, Ōtorohanga
Wednesday 17 – Thursday 18 November
Friday 19 November – Sunday 21 November 10am-3.30pm
Nga Miro Health Centre car park, 29 River Road, Ngāruawāhia
Wednesday 17 November 1 - 7pm
Thursday 18 and Friday 19 November 10am - 3pm
Te Kūiti Medical Centre (Te Kūiti Hospital site)
28 Ailsa Street, Te Kūiti
Monday to Friday 9am-4.30pm
Te Korowai O Hauora, 210 Richmond Street, Thames
Founders Theatre carpark
Entrance off Norton Road
Claudelands Event Centre
Gate 3, Brooklyn Road
Te Kōhao Health
951 Wairere Drive, Hamilton East
Please see www.waikatodhb.health.nz/cbac for a list of pop-up testing sites and designated general practices where anyone can be tested for free, and www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19/waikato for all testing providers in the region.
Latest update on COVID-19 vaccinations
Reporting on vaccination rates at TLA level is provided by the Ministry of Health. This data is at 11.59pm 15 November 2021 and is the latest available at TLA level.
|Territorial local authority||1st doses||2nd doses||1st doses as a % of eligible population||Fully vaccinated as a % of eligible population|
|South Waikato District||16,557||13,690||83.1%||68.7%|
Data at SA2 level (approximately equivalent to suburb) is available on the Ministry of Health website.
Pop-up vaccination sites and vaccination clinics
Hours at the Te Awa The Base community vaccination centre in Te Rapa, Hamilton, have been extended from this week. The vaccination centre will now open from 9am to 9pm every Thursday and Friday, starting 28 October, until Christmas to cater for people who cannot be vaccinated during normal working hours.
There are number of pop-up vaccination centres operating across the Waikato this week. Details are at www.waikatodhb.health.nz/covid19mobile.
The Cambridge community vaccination centre at Cambridge Community Marae is closed. Vaccinations will continue to be available at Cambridge Medical Centre (bookings essential via www.bookmyvaccine.nz or 0800 28 29 26) and Unichem Cambridge (offering both walk-ins and bookings). There is good capacity at both sites to support the community. Vaccinations are free wherever you go.
- Mobile vaccination clinics are rolling out across the takiwā with regular visits to locations through to the end of the year. The schedule is on the Waikato DHB website and will be regularly updated with more dates and locations.
- Also visit the Waikato DHB FB page for up-to-date mobile vaccination clinic locations.
- In Hamilton and elsewhere in the Waikato, you can get your vaccinations at GPs, pharmacies, mobile sites and at our vaccination centres. There's lots of options, so come along and meet the friendly vaccination teams.
- Walk-in appointments are available at many vaccination sites across the Waikato.
- People can now also bus free to and from their vaccination appointment if they show proof of their booking. See busit.co.nz/vaccination for more details.
Reminder - Making a vaccination appointment
Although walk-ins are available at many vaccination sites, the best way of guaranteeing a vaccination on the time, day and place of your choosing is still to book.
- If you have made a booking and are not able to attend your appointment, please cancel your booking so someone else can use that appointment time.
- If you are unsure when your appointment is, check on the booking system at https://app.bookmyvaccine.covid19.health.nz/manage using your contact number or email address and booking reference. Alternatively, you can call 0800 28 29 26 for assistance.
- Everyone aged 12+ can now visit bookmyvaccine.nz to make their bookings.
- We ask everyone when attending their appointments under Alert Level 3 to follow the key public health measures detailed on the Unite Against COVID-19 website.
If people have flu-like symptoms
Do not come into the hospital if you have cold or flu-like symptoms.
If you are concerned about your risk of COVID-19, please ring Healthline (0800 358 5453). They will tell you if you need to be tested and what to do next.
- It is free to get a COVID-19 test
- GPs are able to provide assessment and testing – please phone your practice first
- Please do not turn up to your GP without an appointment
- After hours, you can be seen at an urgent care clinic
- We recommend you take your NHI number with you, which can speed up the timeframe to receive your test results.