COVID-19 & vaccination update 14 September

Press Release – Ministry of Health

14 September

Number of new community cases  15 
Number of new cases identified at the border  Two 
Location of new cases  Auckland 
Location of community cases (total)  Auckland 953 (382 of whom have recovered); Wellington 17 (12 of whom have recovered) 
Number of community cases (total)  970 (in current community outbreak) 
Cases infectious in the community  Eight (26%) of yesterday’s cases have exposure events 
Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious  23 (74%) of yesterday’s cases 
Cases epidemiologically linked  All 15 are household contacts 
Cases to be epidemiologically linked  Zero of today’s cases 
*Cases epidemiologically linked (total)  942 (in current cluster) (10 unlinked) 
Number of sub-clusters  Nine epidemiologically linked subclusters. The two largest subclusters are the Mangere church group: 381; and Birkdale social network cluster: 77. 
There are nine epidemiologically unlinked subclusters. 
Cases in hospital  22 (total): North Shore (4); Auckland (8); Middlemore (10) 
Cases in ICU or HDU  Four 
Confirmed cases (total)  3,610 since pandemic began 
*Historical cases, since 1 Jan 2021 (total)  142 out of 1,792 since 1 Jan 2021 
Number of active contacts being managed (total)  1,242 
Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements)  89% 
Percentage with at least one test result  85% 
Locations of interest   
Locations of interest (total)  133 (as at 10am 14 September) 
Number of tests (total)  3,158,224 
Number of tests total (last 24 hours)  9,279 
Tests rolling average (last 7 days)  12,735 
Tests in Auckland (last 24 hours)  7,823 
Testing centres in Auckland  22 
Wastewater detections  One sample from Pukekohe detected the COVID-19 virus. Further tests are underway 
COVID-19 vaccine update   
Vaccines administered to date (total)  4,380,953; 1st doses: 2,897,385; 2nd doses: 1,483,568 
Vaccines administered yesterday (total)  54,877; 1st doses: 34,145; 2nd doses: 20,732 
Mâori  1st doses: 269,506; 2nd doses: 129,609 
Pacific Peoples  1st doses: 174,961; 2nd doses: 89,576 
NZ COVID-19 tracer   
Registered users (total)  3,213,919 
Poster scans (total)  356,409,054 
Manual diary entries (total)  16,217,756 
Poster scans in 24 hours to midday yesterday  2,145,540

New cases identified at the border

Arrival date  From  Via  Positive test day/reason  Managed isolation/quarantine location 
9 September  Serbia and Montenegro  United Arab Emirates  Day 3 routine  Auckland 
10 September  United Kingdom  United Arab Emirates  Day 2 / routine  Auckland

*Linked cases

The total unlinked cases is of the cases reported within the past 14 days. The remainder of cases are now older than 14 days and have been closed. It is important to note that no onward transmission has occurred from these cases.

*Historical cases

Five previously reported historical cases had a health status of ‘not recovered. These has been updated in our systems and have now been added to the historical case count, which is why the number has increased.



We now have 1,242 contacts under active management. This is a change from reporting total contacts across the whole outbreak. The number of contacts under active management has fallen considerably over the past two weeks, as the majority of our contacts had exposures more than 18 days ago and have been closed.


Health officials are aware of two recently recovered cases, who were released from quarantine on 30 August and 4 September who live in the same area as the latest detection. Further investigations are being carried out.

Testing reminder

It’s pleasing to see testing numbers up yesterday.

Testing around New Zealand, and especially in Auckland, remains an essential part of our response to this outbreak. We want to find cases and testing provides confidence for understanding the extent of any spread of COVID-19.

Workers who have been invited to have a voluntary one-off asymptomatic COVID-19 test are able to return to work while they wait for their test results as they are not symptomatic.

There is a focus on health sector workers from district health boards, primary care and community health providers, as well as some Government agencies, emergency services, supermarket operators, supply chain, post and logistics, petrol stations and dairies, transport operators and some local council workers.

These groups of workers are being contacted and asked to go to their local Community Testing Centre, and for a few organisations we are providing on-site testing.

For the remainder of today and tomorrow, a pop-up testing site has opened at the Gull service station at Hampton Downs.

We are continuing to remind people across Auckland to get tested if you have symptoms, especially if you live in and around Mt Eden, Massey, Favona, Ôtara, Papatoetoe, Mângere and Manurewa.

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