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SDHB COVID-19 Daily Update 10 May 2022

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Southern DHB Update 

As the winter months set in, the Southern district has entered the “long-tail” of the COVID-19 outbreak. It is expected that COVID-19 infections in our communities will continue to be widespread for the foreseeable future and, as such, we must all remain vigilant when out in the community.  

“As a community we need to accept that COVID-19 is with us for now, and make choices accordingly,” says Dr Hywel Lloyd, SDHB COVID-19 Response Lead. “We need to all assume that when we are out in the community there is a very real risk that we will come in contact with the COVID-19 virus. This can cause anxiety for many people, especially those who are vulnerable to severe COVID-19 symptoms. The best way we can all protect ourselves and others, is to follow the simple actions that we have been talking about for a long time now: wear a mask when out in public and in social settings, practise good hand hygiene and physical distancing where appropriate and get your COVID-19 booster shot. Doing these things will decrease your likelihood of infection and severe COVID-19 symptoms if you do catch it.” 

With the onset of winter, the Southern district is also seeing an increase in influenza infection, with presentations at emergency departments because of flu already increasing.  

“For the last few years, we have seen an absence of flu infections in our communities, but this year we are already seeing a cases,” says Dr Susan Jack, Medical Officer of Health. “If you are eligible for a free flu vaccination, we would highly recommend that you go and get it now. New Zealand's borders have opened, and while we welcome visitors, we are also now seeing flu strains circulating in our communities. A flu vaccination will reduce your risk of severe flu symptoms, reduce the likelihood that you will require hospital level care, and decrease the likelihood that you will pass the influenza virus onto others.”  

Flu (influenza) vaccination is free for anyone over the age of 65, Māori and Pacific people over the age of 55, pregnant people, and anyone with underlying health conditions. Many workplaces also offer free flu vaccination for staff.  

You can find out more about the flu vaccination here: Flu (influenza) vaccines | Ministry of Health NZ 

Flu vaccination is available through your GP, or you can find your nearest location offering flu vaccination here: Pharmacy • Healthpoint  

Changes to the SDHB COVID-19 Daily Update  

Beginning the week of 16 May 2022, the Southern DHB COVID-19 Daily Update will transition to a twice weekly update on a Tuesday and Friday. This includes the accompanying infographic. Outside of this time, data can be acquired via the Ministry of Health website. COVID-19 related media releases will occur outside this schedule if there is reason to do so and daily break down of cases in the region by territorial authority will recommence if the situation changes.  

Hospitalisation figures 

Current hospitalisations as at 8am 10 May 2022  

Hospital 

Inpatient 

ICU/HDU 

Ventilated 

Total 

 

 

 

 

 

Dunedin 

15 

17 

Southland 

11 

11 

 

Please note that hospitalisation data does not differentiate between patients admitted because of COVID-19 infection versus those admitted for a separate reason who happen to also have COVID-19. Hospital numbers reported by the Southern DHB include those in mental health wards.   

The Ministry of Health total figures for Southern for the previous 24 hours are: 

  • 889 new positive cases  

  • 5620 (not recovered from last 7 days)  

Current cases as of 11.59pm 09 May 2022  

Territorial Authority 

New – Positive (PCR & RAT) 

Active Cases 

 

 

 

Central Otago 

65 

402 

Clutha 

31 

253 

Dunedin 

373 

2351 

Gore 

26 

169 

Invercargill 

174 

1077 

Queenstown-Lakes 

130 

731 

Southland 

51 

393 

Waitaki 

38 

234 

Unknown 

<5 

 

Please note, the Ministry of Health’s daily reported cases may differ slightly from those reported at a DHB or local public health unit 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. Due to the increased use of RATs and system lag issues there may be a discrepancy in the number of total active cases from the territorial authority breakdown. A decision has been made nationally that areas with less than 5 new cases per 24-hour period will be reported as “<5”. All territorial authorities with less than 100 cases will have their case numbers rounded to the nearest 5. We are unable to supply further information. Please contact the Ministry of Health directly for more information about these decisions.