7461 community cases; 662 hospitalisations; 13 in ICU; 8 deaths – Ministry of Health

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Today we are reporting 7,461 community cases and 662 current hospitalisations.
The seven-day rolling average of community case numbers today is 9,000.
We are sadly reporting the deaths of 8 people with COVID-19. All of these deaths occurred during the last two days.
There has been a significant increase in the number of COVID-19-positive hospitalisations this weekend. We know there will also be increased demand for primary and community care services as COVID-19 cases increase.
The Ministry of Health and Te Whatu Ora – Health NZ are closely monitoring this, together with case numbers, as part of our ongoing review and updating of the response to the current community outbreak.
The increase in hospitalisations also emphasises the importance of everybody doing the basics well to help New Zealand get through winter in good shape.  In particular, people who are unwell should stay home, take a rapid antigen test (RAT) and upload the result on MyCovidRecord, and isolate if positive or while still symptomatic.  Everyone should use a mask where required and especially where they may be in contact with vulnerable people – a good rule of thumb is to use a mask in all indoor places outside of your home.  And now is the time to ensure you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations, including those who are eligible for a second booster dose, as well as having a flu vaccination, which is free for many people.
Winter means cold weather, as well as more days indoors where our tamariki can more easily pick up and pass on germs, colds and flu.  
With so many respiratory illnesses circulating, the Ministry is encouraging New Zealanders to pay extra attention to their children’s health, and their own, over the coldest months of the year. 
Here are some winter wellness tips to help keep children healthy:  
Many of these tips are very relevant for adults too. Following these simple tips can help us fight off seasonal illnesses and keep in good shape. Stay well this winter, Aotearoa! 
*These are new hospital admissions in the past 7 days prior to yesterday who had COVID at the time of admission or while in hospital, excluding hospitalisations that were admitted and discharged within 24hrs. This data is from Districts with tertiary hospitals: Auckland, Canterbury, Southern, Counties Manukau, Waikato, Capital Coast, Waitemata and Northland.
Please note, the Ministry of Health’s daily reported cases may differ slightly from those reported at a District or local public health service level. This is because of different reporting cut off times and the assignment of cases between regions, for example when a case is tested outside their usual region of residence. Total numbers will always be the formal daily case tally as reported to the WHO.
Today’s reported deaths take the total number of publicly reported deaths with COVID-19 to 1,671 and the seven-day rolling average of reported deaths is 16.
Of the people whose deaths we are reporting today: four were from Auckland region, one was from Bay of Plenty, one was from Hawke’s Bay, one was from Canterbury / West Coast, and one was from Southern.
One was in their fifties, five were in their 80s, and two were aged over 90. Of these people, three were female and five were male.
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.
Page last updated: 10 July 2022
Te Whatu Ora | Health New Zealand
Te Aka Whai Ora | Māori Health Authority
Whaikaha | Ministry of Disabled People
Te Aho o Te Kahu | Cancer Control Agency


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