Coronavirus: Latest on COVID-19 community outbreak – Tuesday, November 23

1:17pm – Here are the Ministry of Health’s regional updates for Tuesday’s cases:
Today’s cases
Today we are announcing new community cases in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Lakes. There are no additional cases to report today in Wellington, Wairarapa, Canterbury or MidCentral. All Taranaki cases have now recovered.
Information on the new cases is included in the regional updates below. Anyone living in these areas with symptoms, no matter how mild, is urged to get tested – even if they are vaccinated – and remain isolated until they return a negative result. A full list of testing centres can be found on the Healthpoint website.
Regional updates
There are four new cases to report in Northland today. One case in Whangārei was already isolating and there are three new cases in Kaikohe – all four cases have known links.
All active cases are being cared for in the community. A case that was in Whangārei Hospital has been discharged.
There were 1153 swabs taken across Northland on Monday and testing centres open today can be found on the Northland DHB website. Vaccination clinics open in Northland today can be found on the Northland DHB website.
Today, there are 196 new cases to report in Auckland.
There are 18 community centres available for testing across Auckland today. The testing centres at Northcote, Balmoral, Ōtara and Wiri continue to operate extended hours to increase access to testing.
Public health staff are now supporting 4371 people to isolate at home around Auckland – this includes 1441 cases.
There were 11 new cases confirmed in the Waikato overnight – six from Huntly, three from Kawhia, one from Te Kūiti, and one from Ōtorohanga.
Five of the new cases have been linked and the remaining six are under investigation.
Locations of interest were identified on Monday in Tokoroa, Huntly, and Putāruru.
There are seven pop-up and dedicated testing sites operating across Waikato today in Hamilton, Tokoroa, Putāruru, Ōtorohanga, Thames, and Te Kūiti
Across the Waikato, there were 1944 tests processed on Monday. In the Waikato region, public health staff are now supporting 143 cases to isolate at home.
Bay of Plenty
There is one new case to report in the Bay of Plenty today.
People in the Bay of Plenty are urged to get a test if they are symptomatic or have been advised to by a health professional.
There is good testing capacity across the region with dedicated community testing centres in Tauranga, Mount Maunganui, Whakatāne and Murupara.
Tauranga Retirement Village
Following a reported visit by a confirmed case to a residence in a Retirement Village in Tauranga, one close contact has been identified – their initial test result is negative.
This situation continues to be closely managed by the Public Health Unit.
There are two new cases in the Lakes District. One case is currently receiving care in Rotorua Hospital.
There is good testing capacity across the region with dedicated community testing centres in Taupō, and Rotorua. See for locations and opening times. Testing is also available at a number of medical centres and Hauora Māori.

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