Covid-19: Seven new cases in Waikato, six of them known contacts – Stuff.co.nz

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There were 2275 Covid tests processed in the Waikato on Saturday. Pictured is a queue for the testing station at Founders Theatre in Hamilton (file photo).

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There were 2275 Covid tests processed in the Waikato on Saturday. Pictured is a queue for the testing station at Founders Theatre in Hamilton (file photo).

Nine new community cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the Waikato and neighbouring Lakes district health board regions.

Seven cases were in Waikato and, of those, six were known contacts. Public health staff continued to investigate the remaining case, the Ministry of Health said in its update on Sunday.

Three of the cases were from Hamilton, two from Te Kūiti, one from Ōtorohanga, and one from Ngāruawāhia.

“This brings the total number of cases in Waikato to 233 with 12 active cases remaining under investigation to determine links to the outbreak.”

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Nationally, there were 207 new community cases reported on Sunday and one death at North Shore Hospital.

A Waikato case reported Saturday without a location had been confirmed as Ōtorohanga.

Ten new locations of interest were added on Saturday, in Hamilton, Ōtorohanga and Te Kūiti.

There were three pop-up and dedicated testing sites operating across Waikato in Hamilton and Ōtorohanga.

There were also GP practices offering testing across Waikato, including Te Kūiti, Te Awamutu and Raglan.

There were 2275 tests processed in Waikato on Saturday.

Public health staff in Waikato were supporting 272 people to isolate at home, including 82 cases.

In the Lakes District Health Board region, which covers Rotorua and Taupō, there were two new cases confirmed on Sunday.

Both were in Rotorua. Four were reported in Taupō on Saturday bringing the total number for the district to six.

Testing was available at Rotorua Covid-19 Community Testing Centre, Kahukura Clubrooms, 1475 Pukatua St, 9am to 3pm; Taupō Covid 19 Community Testing Centre, 79 Miro St 9am to 3pm and Taupō Event Centre, AC Baths Ave, 8.30am to 3pm.

The ministry said the Waikato DHB region was 78 per cent fully vaccinated, and 89 per cent had received their first dose.

The Lakes DHB was 73 per cent full vaccinated while 84 per cent of eligible people had gone through to get their first jab.

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