COVID-19 Response Update 12-01-2022 – Waatea News: Maori Radio Station

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John Whaanga – Deputy Chief Executive of the Maori Health Branch at the Department of Health – with his ‘COVID-19 Response Update’ from Wednesday 12 January 2022.

E ngā manu tūtei e ārahi ana i te pōkai hauora Māori, tēnā rā koutou katoa.

Today, we announce with sadness that two people with COVID-19 have recently passed away. A man in his 30s, who died at home on January 5, was tested for COVID-19 after his death and returned a positive result. Another man in his 60s sadly died of COVID-19 at Middlemore Hospital on Sunday.

Nā reira, my whakaaro are with their whānau and friends at this deeply sad time as they mourn their loved ones.

Sadly, deaths from COVID-19 remind us all of the devastating impact this virus can have. Heoi anō, the vaccine remains our main defense against all variants of COVID-19, including Omicron.

It is encouraging to report that 40% of eligible people received their booster dose of the vaccine. Since last November, when boosters became available, 594,947 doses have been administered.

I want to take the opportunity to mihi to our rangatahi. As of yesterday, more than 90% of 12 to 15 year olds, of the total population, are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

I continue to encourage all eligible whānau to get vaccinated, it is not too late to protect themselves and those around them.

Today there are 28 new cases of COVID-19 to report in the community. Yesterday, 14 cases were reported. It is encouraging to see these lower community case numbers as we continue to see an increase in testing.

I would like to thank all the whānau who supported our answer by getting tested over the holiday season. Heoi anō, we know that the number of cases can be quite variable from day to day and it remains likely that there will be an increase in the coming days.

It is important that whānau continue to get tested for COVID-19, even if they are vaccinated or have minor symptoms. Test locations all around the motu are on the health point website.

I urge everyone to remain vigilant and continue to adhere to our tikanga hauora and traffic light parameters. This means wearing a mask or face covering, physically distancing in crowded or unventilated spaces, and scanning using the COVID-19 Tracer app or keeping a manual diary.

Hide, scan, pass – these are the three key things to remember at any traffic light setting.

General update – 28 new cases, 31 people hospitalized and 82% of Maori fully vaccinated

There are a total of 28 new community cases to report in Aotearoa today: 17 are in Tāmaki Makaurau, one in Waikato, four are in the Bay of Plenty, four cases are in the Lake District and five in Canterbury .

This brings the total number of cases associated with this outbreak to 14,473.

For the Maori vaccination rollout, 88% of our people have received one dose of vaccine and 82% have received their second and are fully immunized.

17 new cases in Tāmaki Makaurau

There are 17 new cases reported in Tāmaki Makaurau today.

Health and social care providers are now supporting 888 people in the region to self-isolate at home, including 185 cases.

A new case in Waikato

There’s a new case in the Waikato today. The case is in Ātiamuri and is managed by Toi Te Ora Public Health.

Pop-up test sites are now operating in Whangamatā, Te Kûiti, Taumarunui, Tokoroa, Ōtorohanga, Putāruru, Huntly and Kirikiriroa.

Public health, primary care and manaaki providers are caring for 29 cases to be isolated at home.

Four new cases in the Bay of Plenty

There are four cases to report in Tauranga today, all of whom are close contacts of previously reported cases.

All cases are isolated at home or in managed accommodation.

Four new cases in Lakes

There are four cases to report in Rotorua today.

One case is close contact with a previously reported case, and three are still under investigation for links to previously reported cases.

All cases are isolated at home or in managed accommodation.

New community cases in Canterbury.

There are a total of four community cases in Canterbury and one in South Canterbury, two of which were announced yesterday.

This total of five includes three new cases announced today, two are close contacts of previously reported cases and one remains under investigation. Three of these five cases will be officially added to the case numbers tomorrow.

Investigations are continuing, but it is expected that there will be new places of interest around Christchurch. Please continue to check thePlace of interest regularly updated page.


Please remind your friends and whānau to get information on COVID-19 and the vaccine from our trusted sources – the Ministry of Health website, United against COVID canals, Karawhiua canals, and Te Puni Kōkiri’COVID-19 Information for Maori‘ portal.

For guidance on protecting yourself and your whānau from misinformation and scams related to COVID-19, please see the United against COVID website.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me or my team at Mā[email protected]

Mā te Atua tātou e manaaki i roto i ngā āhuatanga o te wā,

Nāhaku me aku mihi aroha.

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