Coronavirus: Unlinked case in Whangārei, more positive wastewater detections in Tauranga, Mt Maunganui

There were 194 new COVID-19 cases reported on Wednesday - a drop from Tuesday's new record high - as well as one death of a patient at North Shore Hospital.

But aside from the numbers, here's what you may have missed from today's update from the Ministry of Health.

One new death

A man in his 60s has died at North Shore Shore Hospital.

He was admitted to hospital on November 4 with COVID-19 symptoms and later tested positive. He died on Tuesday.

Locations of new cases

Of Wednesday's 194 new cases, 180 are in Auckland, six in the Lakes DHB, five in Waikato, and three in Northland.

There is also one case in Christchurch, however, this infection will be added to Thursday's numbers.

In Auckland, another resident of Rosaria Rest Home in Avondale has tested positive, bringing the total to five residents who are COVID-positive there.

There are 4735 people isolating at home around the city, including 2119 cases.

While the Ministry of Health says there are seven new cases in the Lakes region, one was reported following the 9am cut-off time and will be included in Thursday's case count.

Six of the seven cases are in Taupō and can be linked to known cases in the area. One case is in Tūrangi and is also linked to known cases in Taupō.

Interviews are continuing to determine their movements and any locations of interest will be added to the Ministry of Health's website.

Of Waikato's five new cases, two are in Ōtorohanga, and one each in Te Kuiti, Huntly, and Cambridge.

Of the cases, three are known contacts of previous cases, and investigations into the remaining two cases are underway today.

Across the region, there are 335 people isolating at home, including 91 cases and 244 contacts.

There is one unlinked case in Whangārei, who was being interviewed on Wednesday. While the Ministry of Health says there are four new cases, one isn't included in the overall case numbers today and will be added to the tally on Thursday.

Aside from Whangārei's case, the remaining new infections are two in Dargaville and one in Kaitaia.

Although the case reported in Christchurch will be added officially to the COVID count on Thursday, the Ministry of Health has provided some details on it.

There is a clear link to the Auckland cluster, they say, and the person flew back to Christchurch on flight NZ1295 last Saturday, November 13, after travelling to the supercity for an event.

They became symptomatic on Sunday and went for a test on Monday. The person lives in a household of six people and all of these contacts are isolating and will be tested.

Passengers on flight NZ1295 are advised to monitor for symptoms for the next 10 days and get a test today.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 22: People wait for coffee outside Honey Bones cafe in Grey Lynn on September 22, 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand. Restrictions have eased for Auckland residents, with the Greater Auckland area moving to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 settings from 11:59pm on Tuesday. Under Alert Level 3 settings, essential businesses and services can operate but must ensure appropriate physical distancing and contact tracing, with early learning centres and schools to  reopen for children up to Year 10 whose parents or caregivers need to return to work. Restaurants and cafes can reopen for takeaway, delivery or drive-through only. The only gatherings allowed under alert level 3 are weddings and civil union ceremonies, funerals and tangihanga, with up to 10 people only. People must remain in their household bubbles when not at work or school and masks remain mandatory outside of the home.  (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)
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COVID-positive wastewater detections

COVID-19 was detected in wastewater samples collected in Tauranga and Mount Maunganui on November 15. This follows positive detections from samples collected on November 10 and 11.

The virus was also found in samples collected in Taupō on November 13 and 15 and in Tūrangi on November 15.

A sample collected in Masterton on November 15 was negative.

Anyone in these areas who has symptoms, no matter how mild, is urged by the Ministry of Health to get tested, even if they're vaccinated.

Vaccination rates by DHBs with active cases


  • First dose - 83 percent of eligible people
  • Second dose - 72 percent.

Auckland metro DHBs:

  • First dose - 93 percent)
  • Second dose - 86 percent.


  • First dose - 89 percent
  • Second dose - 80 percent.


  • First dose - 85 percent
  • Second dose - 74 percent.


  • First dose - 88 percent
  • Second dose - 76 percent.


  • First dose - 90 percent
  • Second dose - 80 percent.


  • First dose - 90 percent
  • Second dose - 79 percent.


  • First dose - 94 percent
  • Second dose - 83 percent.

All of New Zealand:

  • 3,812,895 first doses (91 percent)
  • 3,442,340 second doses (82 percent).


There are 88 COVID-19 patients in hospital, down from 91 on Tuesday.

Of these 88, 38 are in Auckland City, 27 in Middlemore, 17 in North Shore, four in Waikato, and one each in Whangārei and Waitākere.

Seven people are in an intensive care or high dependency unit.

The average age of hospitalised patients is 51 years old.

The vaccination status of current hospitalisations - which includes Northern Region wards only, and excludes people still being assessed and a Waikato case - is:

  • Unvaccinated or not eligible - 47 cases or 57 percent
  • Partially vaccinated for less than 14 days - nine cases or 11 percent
  • Partially vaccinated for more than 14 days - 10 cases or 12 percent
  • Fully vaccinated for less than 14 days - three cases or 4 percent
  • Fully vaccinated for more than 14 days - 12 cases or 14 percent
  • Unknown - two cases or 2 percent).