COVID-19 Previous Updates | Northland DHB

COVID-19 Previous Updates

Update 9 April, 2021 – 1.35PM

There are no new community cases and 6 new COVID-19 cases in managed quarantine facilities.

COVID-19 Vaccination

A total of 2394 vaccinations have been given in Northland as of 0900 hours 9 April 2021.

You can find out more about the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme in Northland on this website:

https://immunisation.northernregion.nz/

Applications for early vaccine

Applications for early vaccination to allow urgent overseas travel on compassionate grounds or reasons of national significance will now be considered.

Applicants will need to satisfy a series of criteria - they must be a New Zealand citizen, resident or visa holder needing to travel before 31 August 2021 and have already made arrangements to return to New Zealand. Applicants should also ensure they will be able to receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine before departure. 

Further information about the criteria and application process is available on the Unite Against COVID-19 website

Updated version of NZ COVID app available

A new version of the NZ COVID Tracer app has been released, new features include:

  • the dashboard showing how many days out of the past 14 you’ve used the app; 
  • the dashboard showing figures on how many New Zealanders are using the app – the same as the figures released regularly by the Ministry of Health; and 
  • a flashlight option for scanning in low light conditions – particularly useful for the winter months ahead.  

Quarantine-Free Travel (QFT)

As announced, QFT between New Zealand and Australia will commence from Monday 19 April. There are criteria to meet before you travel, and you will need to be prepared if your travel is disrupted. You can find out more on the COVID19.govt.nz website.

Other information

  • Call Healthline if you have symptoms - 0800 358 5453
  • If you need a COVID-19 test, you can find information about local Community-Based Testing Centres and opening hours here on the Northland DHB website.
  • Need to talk? For mental health help, call or text 1737.

 

Update 7 April, 2021 – 3.50PM

There are no new community cases and 7 new COVID-19 cases in managed quarantine facilities.

COVID-19 Vaccination

A total of 1230 vaccinations have been given in Northland as of 0900 hours 7 April 2021.

You can find out more about the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme in Northland on this website:

https://immunisation.northernregion.nz/

Quarantine-Free Travel (QFT)

Quarantine-Free Travel (QFT) between New Zealand and Australia will commence in just under two weeks’ time at 11.59pm Sunday 18 April. Trans-Tasman QFT will not be 'travel' as it was pre-COVID-19. People will travel under the guidance of 'flyer beware'. 

Check the COVID-19.govt.nz website for details about what to do if you are travelling, how to keep yourself and others safe, and what will happen if the situation changes while you're away.

Keeping yourself and your whānau well

We all still need to do the basic things to keep ourselves and others well, whether we are travelling or if we have had the vaccine. Please remember:

  • Stay at home if you are sick and get a test. Call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if you need advice.
  • Keep a record of where you go – scan QR codes and turn on Bluetooth
  • Wash and dry your hands well and often
  • Wear a mask on public transport.

Check here for details of Northland Community Based Testing Centre locations and opening times. 

Update 1 April, 2021 – 3.25PM

There are no new community cases and 5 new COVID-19 cases in managed quarantine facilities.

COVID-19 Immunisation

A total of 948 vaccinations have been given in Northland as at 0800 hours 1 April 2021. 

COVID-19 Cases

  • The last COVID-19 positive case notified in Northland was on 23 January 2021
  • 29 COVID-19 positive cases have been notified in Northland since March 2020. 

Stay safe this long weekend:

  • Stay at home if you are sick and get a test. Call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if you need advice.
  • Keep a record of where you go – scan QR codes and turn on Bluetooth
  • Wash and dry your hands well and often
  • Wear a mask on public transport.

Check here for details of Northland Community Based Testing Centre locations and opening times. 

MIQ emergency application criteria widened

Additional categories have been created and 100 more spaces are now available each 14 days. Find out more on the MIQ website.

Translated COVID-19 updates available

Key COVID-19 information translated into 25 languages, plus accessible formats for the disabled community, is available on the Unite Against COVID-19 website.   

Update 28 March, 2021 – 6PM

There are no new community cases and 1 new COVID-19 border related case to report in managed isolation.

An online tool which advises people to work out which vaccination group they are in is now available on the government's Covid-19 website.

Users answer a short series of questions about their health, location, occupation and life situation. The results tell them which of the four main vaccination groups they are in, and when they can expect to get their COVID-19 vaccine.

To keep yourself and others safe, please:

  • Stay at home if you are sick and get a test. Call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if you need advice.
  • Keep a record of where you go – scan QR codes and turn on Bluetooth
  • Wash and dry your hands well and often
  • Wear a mask on public transport.

Check here for details of Northland Community Based Testing Centre locations and opening times. 

Update 24 March, 2021 – 6.15PM

There are no new community cases to report today. There are 3 new positive cases of COVID-19 to report in managed isolation.

An online tool which advises people to work out which vaccination group they are in is now available on the government's Covid-19 website.

Users answer a short series of questions about their health, location, occupation and life situation. The results tell them which of the four main vaccination groups they are in, and when they can expect to get their COVID-19 vaccine.

To keep yourself and others safe, please:

Stay at home if you are sick and get a test. Call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if you need advice.
Keep a record of where you go – scan QR codes and turn on Bluetooth
Wash and dry your hands well and often
Wear a mask on public transport.
Check here for details of Northland Community Based Testing Centre locations and opening times.

Update 23 March, 2021 – 2.45PM

COVID-19 Cases

A positive border case in Auckland was announced yesterday, and today a weak positive result was received from one of their household members. This is under further investigation. Three other household members have tested negative.

There are no known cases in Northland at this time.

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

Nationally, 38,808 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Of these, 4,658 people have received their second dose.

To find out when you can get a vaccine, check out the new Ministry of Health online tool.

You can also read more about the vaccination rollout in Northland on this website.

To keep yourself and others safe, please:

Stay at home if you are sick and get a test. Call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if you need advice.
Keep a record of where you go – scan QR codes and turn on Bluetooth
Wash and dry your hands well and often
Wear a mask on public transport.
Check here for details of Northland Community Based Testing Centre locations and opening times.

Update 21 March, 2021 – 5.30PM

There are no new COVID-19 cases in the community to report today. There are 8 new positive cases of COVID-19 to report in managed isolation since the Ministry of Health report on Friday. The seven-day rolling average of new cases detected at the border is 4.

COVID-19 cases

The last COVID-19 positive was notified in Northland was on 23 January 202129 COVID-19 positive cases have been notified in Northland to date. 

To keep yourself and others safe, please:

  • Stay at home if you are sick and get a test. Call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if you need advice.
  • Keep a record of where you go – scan QR codes and turn on Bluetooth
  • Wash and dry your hands well and often
  • Wear a mask on public transport.

Check here for details of Northland Community Based Testing Centre locations and opening times. 

Update 18 March, 2021 – 3.30PM

All of New Zealand is now at Alert Level 1.

There are no new cases in the community.

40,279 COVID-19 tests have been completed as of 0600 hours 15 March 2021 across Northland. 

To keep yourself and others safe, please:

  • Stay at home if you are sick and get a test. Call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if you need advice.
  • Keep a record of where you go – scan QR codes and turn on Bluetooth
  • Wash and dry your hands well and often
  • Wear a mask on public transport

Check here for details of Northland Community Based Testing Centre locations and opening times. 

Update 10 March, 2021 - 3.30PM

There are no new cases in the community. There is one new case of COVID-19 in managed isolation to report today.

Since 1 March a total of 252 COVID-19 vaccinations have been given as of 0800 hours 10 March 2021. The Ministry of Health, Northland DHB and Public Health Northland aims for no wastage of the COVID-19 Vaccine and there have been zero wastage so far.

The Kerikeri Community Based Testing Centre will be closed Friday 12 March and is relocating to 1 Sammaree Place, Kerikeri and will re-open on Monday 15 March at 9am. 

Update 8 March, 2021 - 3.30PM

There are 5 new cases of COVID-19 in managed isolation to report today. One border-related case reported last night will be officially added to today’s tally.  There are no new cases in the community.

Northland DHB is now operating under Alert Level 1 precautions. You will be asked a series of patient screening questions.  These include the question: Have you travelled or attended one of the Ministry of Health current locations of interest for COVID-19 cases and or had close contact with someone who has been at a current location of interest?

Northland is now at Alert Level 1. Wearing masks on domestic flights and all public transport still applies at Level 1. To find out more, please go to https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/current-alert-level/

Information about Northland COVID-19 community testing centre venues and times can be found at this link.  

Update 7 March, 2021 - 2PM

There are no new COVID-19 cases in the community to report today. There is one new case of COVID-19 in managed isolation.

The Auckland region moved to Alert Level 2 this morning and will remain there until 6am Sunday 14 March. At Alert Level 2 people can go to school and work, travel between regions, and attend gatherings of up to 100 people.

The remainder of New Zealand (including Northland) is now at Alert Level 1. Wearing masks on domestic flights and all public transport still applies at Level 1. To find out more, please go to https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/current-alert-level/

While it’s encouraging to see another day without any community cases, we must all remain vigilant and continue to do our bit.

This includes staying home if you have any symptoms; if symptomatic phoning Healthline for advice on getting a test - wherever you are in the country; and keeping a record of where you have been at all times.

The COVID Tracer app is an easy way to do this. Please continue to scan QR codes wherever you go and turn on Bluetooth tracing in the app dashboard if you haven’t already done so.  Continue to wash your hands, and cough or sneeze into your elbow.

Information about Northland COVID-19 community testing centre venues and times can be found at this link

Northland DHB services continue to operate with Alert Level 2 precautions in place.

You will be asked a series of patient screening questions.  These include the question: Have you travelled or attended one of the Ministry of Health current locations of interest for COVID-19 cases and or had close contact with someone who has been at a current location of interest? 

Update 6 March, 2021 - 2PM

There are no new COVID-19 cases to report in the community. There are 9 new COVID-19 cases to report in managed isolation.

Please check the locations of interest here – note that these may be updated regularly.

Tomorrow (7 March) at 6am Northland will move to Alert Level 1. We all need to be ready in case COVID-19 reappears in our community. Go to this link to find out more about Alert Level 1.  

If you are unwell

  • If you’re sick, stay home. Do not go to work or school. Do not socialise.

  • If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, call your doctor or Healthline and get advice about being tested.

  • If you have been told to self-isolate you legally must do so immediately.

Information about Northland COVID-19 community testing centre venues and times can be found at this link

Northland DHB services continue to operate with Alert Level 2 precautions in place.

You will be asked a series of patient screening questions.  These include the question: Have you travelled or attended one of the Ministry of Health current locations of interest for COVID-19 cases and or had close contact with someone who has been at a current location of interest?

Getting support for you and your loved ones

The past few weeks have been hard on our whānau. It’s important to remember that it’s normal to feel anxious or stressed in times of difficulty.

If you feel you are not coping, please talk with a health professional.

For support with grief, anxiety, distress or mental wellbeing, you can call or text 1737 – free, anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – to talk with a trained counsellor.

Update 5 March, 2021 - 5.40PM
Auckland is still at Alert Level 3, and the rest of NZ is still at Alert Level 2 until 6am Sunday March 7.

Auckland will move to Alert Level 2 at 6am on Sunday 7 March. The rest of NZ will move to Alert Level 1 at the same time.

In Northland, at Alert Level 1, we all need to be ready in case COVID-19 reappears in our community.
Go to this link to find out more about Alert Level 1. 

If you are unwell

  • If you’re sick, stay home. Do not go to work or school. Do not socialise.
  • If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, call your doctor or Healthline 0800 358 5453 and get advice about being tested.
  • If you have been told to self-isolate you legally must do so immediately.

Get tested if you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms. Tests are free

Information about Northland COVID-19 community testing centre venues and times can be found at this link
Update 5 March, 2021 - 3.30PM 

The Northland Border Worker COVID-19 Immunisation Programme started on 1 March. 180 Border Workers have been vaccinated in the past four days as of 7am today, 5 March 2021.

  • There were 1045 COVID-19 tests done in Northland up until 7am today, 5 March, 2021
  • 7332 tests have been done since 24 January 2021 across Northland
  • 72% of the tests done across Northland since 24 January 2021 were done at the Community Based Testing Centres 
  • 31% of all people who had their tests done (since 24 January 2021) were of Māori ethnicity.

Information about Northland COVID-19 testing centre venues and times can be found at this link.

Key messages:

  • Northland DHB services continue to operate with Alert Level 2 precautions in place
  • Patients and visitors will be asked Screening Questions that includes asking if you have travelled or attended one of the Ministry of Health current locations of interest for COVID-19 cases and or had close contact with someone who has been at a current location of interest. 
  • The locations related to the current cases are under review. Please check the locations of interest here – note that these may be updated regularly.
  • Visiting restrictions have been reinstated in all areas. Please scan in with you COVID-19 Tracer App or sign the visitor register when you arrive.
  • In clinic areas and waiting rooms patients should be distanced 1m apart. If this is not possible, patients should wear a mask.

Information about Northland COVID-19 testing centre venues and times can be found at this link.

Update 5 March, 2021 - 11.30 am

Winger Cres (Kamo) and Dargaville Community Based Testing Centres are both closed today.  Staff were not able to get to work due to the Tsunami warning. For COVID-19 health advice and information, contact the Healthline team (for free) on 0800 358 5453

Information about Northland COVID-19 testing centre venues and times can be found at this link.

Update 4 March, 2021 - 5.30pm

The Northland Border Worker COVID-19 Immunisation Programme started on 1 March. 162 Border Workers have been vaccinated in the past three days as of 7am today, 4 March 2021.

Around 300 border workers and their household contacts have been invited to receive the COVID-19 vaccination in Northland as a part of the immunisation sequencing plan.  Border household contacts are being offered the opportunity to book their appointments this week and we expect to be providing their immunisation shortly.

  • There were 888 COVID-19 tests done in Northland up until 7am today, 4 March, 2021
  • 7173 tests have been done since 24 January 2021 across Northland
  • 72% of the tests done across Northland since 24 January 2021 were done at the Community Based Testing Centres 
  • 31% of all people who had their tests done (since 24 January 2021) were of Māori ethnicity.
Key messages:
  • Northland DHB services continue to operate with Alert Level 2 precautions in place
  • Patients and visitors will be asked Screening Questions that includes asking if you have travelled or attended one of the Ministry of Health current locations of interest for COVID-19 cases and or had close contact with someone who has been at a current location of interest. 
  • The locations related to the current cases are under review. Please check the locations of interest here – note that these may be updated regularly.
  • Visiting restrictions have been reinstated in all areas. Please scan in with you COVID-19 Tracer App or sign the visitor register when you arrive.
  • In clinic areas and waiting rooms patients should be distanced 1m apart. If this is not possible, patients should wear a mask.
Update 1 March, 2021 - 4pm

About 87 border workers from Northport and Opua Wharf have been vaccinated today at nearby community based testing centres as the COVID-19 immunisation programme starts rolling out in Northland.

They included a range of people, such as customs workers, marine pilots, data entry operators and other staff who work on the border at Northport to screen/manage vessels arriving into Marsden Point.

Northland COVID-19 Community Based Testing Centres and Māori Health Provider Testing Centres have extended their testing centre hours this week. Today, up until 2pm, 80 tests were taken across the rohe.  Information about testing centre venues and times can be found at this link.

Key messages:

• Northland DHB services continue to operate with Alert Level 2 precautions in place

• Patients and visitors will be asked Screening Questions that includes asking if you have recently travelled to an area that has active COVID-19 cases

• Visiting restrictions have been reinstated in all areas.  Please scan in with you COVID-19 Tracer App or sign the visitor register when you arrive.

• In clinic areas and waiting rooms patients should be distanced 1m apart. If this is not possible, patients should wear a mask

• The locations related to the current cases are under review. Please check the locations of interest here – note that these may be updated.

Update 28 Feb, 2021 - 11:30am

At 6:00am this morning, Sunday 28 February, Auckland moved to Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand moved to Alert Level 2. 

Yesterday two (2) new community cases of COVID-19 were reported in South Auckland. If you have travelled to Auckland recently please check the locations of interest on the Ministry of Health website. If you are unsure whether you need a test, please call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice.  

COVID-19 Testing in Northland

Please check the Northland DHB website for details of Community Based Testing Centres around Northland.

Visiting Hospitals at Alert Level 2

To protect patient’s, whānau and staff, we request all visitors practice social distancing

• Maintain a maximum of two visitors at the bedside on the wards

• Visiting hours are 11am and 8pm

• Maintain a maximum of one visitor over the age of 15, at the bedside in the Emergency Department

• Avoid visiting if you have cold or flu like symptoms, or have had close or casual contact with anyone confirmed with Covid-19 in the past 14 days.

• Visitors are encouraged to keep a log of all areas of the hospital visited, to aid contact tracing. QR codes are available to assist with this.

• Additional requirements may be in place for some specialist areas.

For Northland Under Alert Level 2 please...

If you:

• Are sick, stay home. Do not go to work or school. Do not socialise.

• Have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, call your doctor or Healthline and get advice about being tested.

• Have been told to self-isolate you legally must do so immediately.You should keep at least:

• 2 metres in public and in retail stores, like supermarkets and clothes shops.

• 1 metre in most other places like workplaces, cafes, restaurants and gyms.

Maintain Good Hygiene

It’s important that you use basic hygiene measures, including washing your hands, coughing or sneezing into your elbow and cleaning surfaces.

Be kind to each other 

For support with anxiety, distress or mental wellbeing, you can call or text 1737 to talk with a trained counsellor for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For more information on the Alert Levels go to the COVID-19 website.

Update 25 Feb, 2021 - 8pm

Today, there were three new cases of COVID-19 in managed isolation, and no new cases linked to the Auckland February cluster.  One of the three cases today in managed isolation is a historical case and not regarded as infectious. All 11 cases associated with the Auckland February cluster remain in the Auckland quarantine facility.

Since Sunday 14 February, there have been more than 53,000 community tests for COVID-19 in the Northern Region across CTCs, General Practice and Urgent Care Clinics. All providers responded quickly and worked quickly to increase testing capacity and ensure testing was available across the network.

Northland COVID-19 cases

• The last COVID-19 positive was notified in Northland was on 23 January 2021.

• 29 COVID-19 positive cases have been notified in Northland

Northland COVID-19 testing 

• 38,165 tests completed as of 25 February 2021 across Northland

• 31 percent of all people who had their tests done (since 24 January 2021) were of Māori ethnicity.

Information on test sites in Auckland visit ARPHS - follow this link

Information on test sites in Northland visit the Northland DHB - follow this link 

Testing continues to be available at various sites across Northland: 

• COVID-19 testing is available at Ngāti Hine Health Trust, Te Hau Ora O Ngāpuhi - GP Clinic and Rawene Hospital. Please check the Northland DHB website for details of locations and opening hours.

• There are Community Based Testing Centres operating in Whangārei, Dargaville, Kerikeri and Kaitaia. Please check the Northland DHB website for details of locations and opening hours. 

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