Update on COVID-19 cases — 15 June 2022

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

Today's COVID-19 numbers

  • 5,554 new community cases
  • 368 cases in hospital
  • 40,365 active community cases
  • 12,405 total RATs reported
  • 3,751 total PCR tests

Update from the Ministry of Health

Preparing for winter

COVID-19 continues to circulate in the community and we have also started to see the impact of winter respiratory illnesses, like flu, which are putting additional pressure on our health system.

We have been planning for a challenging winter and are working with our regional colleagues to manage capacity and demand, prioritise urgent care, and deliver as much planned care as possible.

We need everyone to do their bit to help us get through winter. We would like to encourage everyone to get their flu vaccine this year, which can help protect against 4 different strains of the virus and reduce the need for hospitalisation.

We also want to encourage everyone to:

  • get vaccinated against COVID-19
  • wear a mask
  • physically distance
  • practise good hand hygiene
  • 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.

How to report your RAT result

COVID-19 deaths

Today we are sadly reporting the deaths of 11 people with COVID-19.

Today’s reported deaths take the total number of publicly reported deaths with COVID-19 to 1,359 and the 7-day rolling average of reported deaths is 13.

Of the people whose deaths we are reporting today, 1 person was from Northland, 2 were from the Auckland region, 1 from Waikato, 1 from Hawke’s Bay, 1 from MidCentral, 1 from the Wellington region, 2 from Canterbury, and 2 from Southern.

Two were in their 60s, 5 were in their 70s, 1 was in their 80s, and 3 were aged over 90. Of these people, 7 were women and 4 were men.

This is a very sad time for whānau and friends, and our thoughts and condolences are with them. Out of respect, we will be making no further comment on these deaths.

Read the full update on today's cases | health.govt.nz (external link)

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