Update on COVID-19 cases — 17 May 2022

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

Today's COVID-19 numbers

  • 9,843 new community cases
  • 421 cases in hospital
  • 54,550 active community cases
  • 18,949 total RATs in the last 24 hours
  • 4,442 total PCR tests in the last 24 hours

Update from the Ministry of Health

Today we are reporting 9,843 community cases, 421 hospitalisations and 8 deaths.

The seven-day rolling average of community case numbers today is 7,795 — last Tuesday it was 7,927.

Today the Ministry of Health is reminding people who test for COVID-19 at home with a rapid antigen test (RAT) to report the test result.

You should report the results of your RAT, whether you test positive or negative. You can do this online through My Covid Record (external link).

If you are having trouble using My Covid Record, you can report the results of your RAT over the phone by calling  0800 222 478 and choosing option 3.

RATs are currently Aotearoa New Zealand’s primary testing tool for people with COVID-19 symptoms or Household Contacts.

How to report your RAT results

COVID-19 deaths

Today we are sadly reporting the deaths of 8 people with COVID-19. 

These deaths take the total number of publicly reported deaths with COVID-19 to 986 and the seven-day rolling average of reported deaths is 16.

Of the people whose deaths we are reporting today — 3 people were from the Southern region; 2 were from Auckland, 2 were from Northland, and 1 was from Canterbury.

1 person was in their 60s, 4 people were in their 70s, and 3 were aged over 90.

Of these people, 4 were women and 4 were men.

This is a very sad time for whānau and friends and our thoughts and condolences are with them at this time.

Out of respect, we will be making no further comment. 

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

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