The three cases detected in the community are a mother, father and daughter from the same South Auckland household.
The mother and daughter were tested initially when they felt symptomatic. They have now returned positive tests with relatively low CT values, which indicates they are new and active infections. Their test results came through late last night.
The father was tested following their results and his result came through late this morning.
The cases have one other household contact in their family unit. This person is also being tested and their results are pending.
The Auckland cases are in quarantine
Immediately following the first two positive results, the household was placed in isolation. All four residents are moving to the Auckland quarantine facility today.
Genome sequencing is underway
Whole genome sequencing is being rapidly carried out so we can learn whether these infections are one of the more transmissible variants reported overseas, which we’ve also detected around other border-related cases in New Zealand recently.
Locations of interest in Auckland and Taranaki
The latest information about locations of interest related to these cases can be found on the Ministry of Health website, which will be updated more information becomes available.
Last weekend, potentially around the time the cases may have been developing symptoms but would have been unaware of this, two of the cases travelled to New Plymouth where they visited a number tourist locations.
At this stage, it is unsure whether the two people were infectious during this period – but the Ministry of Health is acting with caution.
Testing centres in Auckland
In Auckland, the hours for the regional community testing centres in Northcote, Balmoral, Henderson and Otara are being extended today. The community testing centre in Wiri is also open today.
Additional testing will be set up for Papatoetoe High School community from tomorrow, more information on this will be shared with the school later today.
We anticipate a high demand at COVID-19 testing sites and delays are possible, so please be patient.
Further information on community testing station hours is available on the Auckland Regional Public Health Service website.
Who should get tested
It’s important the right people can get access to testing — so please don’t rush to a centre if you are well, or if you weren’t at one of the locations of interest.
A reminder that if you were not at a location of interest at the stated times and you have no symptoms you do not need to be tested.
If you were at the locations of interest at the times stated, you need to get a test, and remain isolated until you receive the result.
If you have symptoms but have not been to a location of interest stay home and call Healthline for advice on 0800 358 5453.
As always, if you are unwell with symptoms, take advice about getting tested before you head out – firstly by calling Healthline.
Advice for event attendees and events industry
A number of large-scale events are underway in Auckland today, including the Big Gay Out and the America’s Cup.
At this stage, based on public health advice we believe it is appropriate for these events to continue with a reminder that everyone is to take all the usual precautions, in particular if you have any symptoms. We can enjoy events safely if we all play our part.
We appreciate some event organisers may choose not to go ahead with planned events so attendees should check in advance before attending. Please respect the rights of hosts to make these decisions.
We are constantly reviewing the situation and will let you know if there is additional information to share.
Make sure you continue with the simple health behaviours
Continue practicing those simple health behaviours that’ll protect your families and others and keep the virus in check.
- Stay home if you’re feeling unwell and get advice about a COVID-19 test
- Wash your hands
- Scan QR codes
- Turn on Bluetooth tracing on the NZ COVID Tracer app.
Businesses also have an important role to play
- Put up plenty of QR code posters in your shop/café/restaurant/bar
- Invite your customers to scan in as they enter
- Encourage everyone to wash or sanitise their hands
Remember where face coverings must be worn
- All public transport to, from and through Auckland — including on long-distance bus and train journeys, as well as Auckland ferries
- Domestic flights throughout New Zealand
- Auckland taxi and ride-share drivers — while it’s not compulsory for passengers to wear them, we strongly encourage you to.