Update on COVID-19 cases — 1 July 2022

Read today's update on COVID-19 cases from the Ministry of Health.

Today's COVID-19 numbers

  • 6,984 new community cases
  • 417 cases in hospital
  • 44,943 active community cases
  • 12,627 total RATs reported in the last 24 hours
  • 3,528 total PCR tests in the last 24 hours

Update from the Ministry of Health

Today we are reporting 6,984 community cases and 417 current hospitalisations.

The 7-day rolling average of community case numbers today is 6,422.

We are sadly reporting the deaths of 8 people with COVID-19. All these deaths occurred in the past 7 days.

Winter illness

Our traditional winter illnesses are circulating in the community along with COVID-19. This is putting significant pressure on all parts of the health system.

Health services have been planning for a challenging winter and are working regionally to manage capacity and demand, prioritise urgent care and deliver as much planned care as possible.

It helps our health services if everyone does their bit to help us get through winter. The best thing New Zealanders can do to ensure they and their families do not end up in hospital is to be up-to-date with their flu and COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters.

That is why the Government this week announced access to free flu vaccines had been widened to an additional 800,000 New Zealanders and second COVID-19 boosters would be available for older New Zealanders.

We want to remind people to keep up good public health habits:

  • wear a mask
  • physically distance
  • practise good hand hygiene
  • and do not go out if you are unwell but get tested and self-report the result – whether positive or negative – on My COVID Record. This helps us to understand the spread of COVID-19 and where to direct our public health resources.

We also urge whānau to develop a winter plan so family members know what to do if they become unwell. And to get a Winter Wellness Kit together which might include painkillers, a thermometer, tissues, cold and flu medications, enough food and household items for a few days, and a good stock of the regular medicines you or your whanau will need.

The Ministry would like to acknowledge the hard work of health workers across the motu, particularly at this time of significant strain on the system. The work you do is important and valued.

We urge all New Zealanders, if they do face delays in accessing health services, to be patient and kind to their local health workers. Often delays are due to health professionals treating someone more seriously ill first.

Read the full update on today's cases | Ministry of Health (external link)

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