One new NZ case of covid in isolation as Bloomfield says he will try test
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New Zealand has reported one new case of covid-19 in managed isolation today, the Ministry of Health has confirmed.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said the new case was a man in his 20s who arrived from Melbourne on July 30. He was in isolation at the Grand Millennium hotel and had initially tested negative on day three, but then tested positive on day 12.

The total number of confirmed cases is 1220, with 22 active cases all in managed isolation and quarantine facilities. None require hospital-level care.

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Yesterday 1874 tests were processed.

Dr Bloomfield has been recommended to take a covid-19 test swab by Ora Toa clinical director Sean Hanna, and said he would take one today.

He said he was not getting a test because he had any symptoms but simply because it was recommended to him.

“It’s partly to show people what’s involved and some people do find it unpleasant… I’m not expecting people to do something I wouldn’t do myself.”

He said testing was an important part of the elimination strategy and urged people with symptoms to get tested.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield providing today’s update at the Ora Toa Cannons Creek Medical Centre CBAC in Porirua.

Still below 4000 target
It is pleasing to see that people are responding to the messages to get tested, but some days it was still below the 4000 target figure, he said.

He said the department was also planning a covid immunisation programme on how to deliver a vaccine to the population should one become approved and available.

“Even though there’s no vaccine yet been tested and confirmed or in manufacture, we are starting planning already on how to immunise the population and about which groups we would do first to get the most benefit for New Zealand.”

Dr Bloomfield said it was nice to have hit the 100-day milestone with no community transmission, but there was no place to be complacent.

Capital and Coast DHB director of strategy innovation and performance Rachel Haggerty said in the region there were 11 testing stations plus all of the primary care and four mobile teams at the height of the pandemic.

She urged people to continue to check their symptoms with healthline or their GPs.

Community cohesiveness
Hanna said the cohesiveness of the community became more prevalent during the lockdown.

“We were able to deal with kids’ skin infections and flu vaccines and covid swabbing [in the clinic]. In the process we were keeping people with respiratory symptoms and viruses away from our medical centre, where people without infectious diseases were able to access healthcare.”

Dr Bloomfield provided an update on the flu vaccination campaign, saying 1.77 million doses had been distributed to date. He said this was good considering the increased demand and global supply disruptions.

“So saying, it’s very satisfying that more people have been vaccinated than ever.”

“There were some temporary supply disruptions at the peak of vaccination season and that created some challenges and angst for practices around the country. We worked closely with DHBs and others to redistribute vaccines where we could.”

He said there were still vaccines available and warned there could still be a late peak in the flu season.

Yesterday was the fifth day in a row with no new reported cases of Covid-19.

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