Covid-19: 8182 new community cases, 13 further deaths reported

There are 8182 new community cases of Covid-19, as officials report a further 13 deaths in people who had the virus.

There are 373 people in hospital with Covid-19, including eight in an intensive care or high dependency care unit, the Ministry of Health said in a statement on Wednesday afternoon.

The seven-day rolling average of community cases is 6893 – down from 7308 last Wednesday.

The Ministry of Health gave the update on Wednesday afternoon.

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The Ministry of Health gave the update on Wednesday afternoon.

The 13 deaths reported on Wednesday bring the total number of publicly reported deaths in people who had Covid-19 in the 28 days before they died to 1185. The rolling seven-day average of reported deaths is 14.

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Of those who died, four were from the Auckland region; two were from Canterbury; and one each were from Bay of Plenty Tairāwhiti, Hawke’s Bay, Hutt Valley, Capital and Coast, Nelson Marlborough, and Southern.

One was aged in their 40s, two were in their 70s, five were in their 80s, and five were aged over 90. Six were women and seven were men.

In the 1pm updates, the Ministry of Health releases a total number of people who have died “with Covid” in a particular time period. That doesn’t necessarily mean the virus killed those people, it just means they tested positive within 28 days of their death or immediately after.

The ministry later provides further information on the cause of these deaths on its website. You can read an explanation of how this works here.

There were new community cases reported in: Northland (223), Auckland (2534), Waikato (623), Bay of Plenty (245), Lakes (99), Hawke’s Bay (208), MidCentral (335), Whanganui (105), Taranaki (234), Tairāwhiti (45), Wairarapa (60), Capital and Coast (716), Hutt Valley (286), Nelson Marlborough (334), Canterbury (1322), South Canterbury (146), Southern (592), West Coast (69), and six in an unknown location.

There are people in hospital with Covid-19 across all 20 of the country’s district health boards.

In the Northern region (Northland and Auckland’s three DHBs), the average age of those in hospital with Covid is 61.

Of those in hospitals in the Northern region (whose vaccination status is known, and who are not in emergency departments), 25 patients were unvaccinated or ineligible. Five were partially vaccinated, 54 had received two doses of the vaccine and 141 had been boosted.

Auckland City Hospital currently has the highest number of Covid-positive patients in the country: 66.

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Auckland City Hospital currently has the highest number of Covid-positive patients in the country: 66.

The vaccination status of a further five patients was unknown.

It’s expected that most people in hospital with Covid-19 would be vaccinated. This is because more than 95% of the eligible population aged 12 and over has received two doses.

This can lead to vaccinated people being over-represented in hospitalisation data.

Vaccination rates are calculated using Ministry of Health population data, which differs from Stats NZ estimates. You can read a full explanation here.

In addition, the ministry also reported a further 89 imported (border) cases on Wednesday.

Wednesday marks the beginning of winter, and hospitals are already reporting being under pressure due to respiratory illnesses – including, but not just, Covid-19 cases.

Ministry data shows that to date, 72.6% of those eligible for their booster Covid-19 vaccine (of those aged 18+) have had it. However, there are gaps between groups when you break that down.

For Māori, 55.8% of the eligible 18+ population are boosted, and 59.2% of eligible Pasifika people.

Across all ethnicities, just 11.7% of 16 and 17-year-olds, who became eligible for the booster dose as a group in early April, have had theirs.

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