Nelson Marlborough Health News and Notices

NMH COVID-19 Update: 6 May 2020


This update provides information about confirmed cases in the Nelson Marlborough region, community-based assessment centre (CBAC) data and any new information for our communities.

Please go to the main COVID-19 website for information about the CBACs, contact tracing, hospital planning and more: https://www.nmdhb.govt.nz/covid-19

 

1. Total confirmed cases in the Nelson Marlborough region

The total number of confirmed and probable cases remains the same since the new case announced on 30 April in Nelson.

LOCATION

CONFIRMED CASES

PROBABLE CASES

Nelson

23

5

Marlborough

14

7

TOTALS

37

12

  • All cases are thought to be travel-related and there is no strong evidence of a community outbreak in the region
  • All cases are in isolation at home or in their place of usual residence.
  • There are no cases in hospital.

Please refer to the Ministry of Health’s website for further detail: Case confirmation dates, gender and age group and travel details: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-current-situation/covid-19-current-cases/covid-19-current-cases-details

2. Teeth trouble? Urgent dental care is available

Healthcare for urgent and emergency oral health (dental) needs remains in place through Alert Level 3, and people are encouraged not to delay getting advice for urgent dental needs.

he Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH) hospital oral health services, the NMH community oral health service and private dentists have been working collaboratively to provide essential dental care throughout all levels of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the full press release: https://www.nmdhb.govt.nz/nmdhb-news-and-notices/accessing-urgent-dental-care-during-alert-level-3/

3. Targeted surveillance starts this week

Up to 470 asymptomatic people, in four types of priority groups, will be offered a surveillance test this week, under new national direction to DHBs for this kind of testing.
Read more here: https://www.nmdhb.govt.nz/nmdhb-news-and-notices/targeted-surveillance-testing-starts-this-week/

4. Close contacts of new case test negative

The Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service continues to investigate the source of the new Nelson case confirmed on 29 April. The test results for the close contacts (including supermarket co-workers) of the new case are negative.

Read more here: https://www.nmdhb.govt.nz/nmdhb-news-and-notices/close-contacts-of-new-case-test-negative/

5. Recovery rates

The number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 is now 46, meaning that there are three cases who are still being monitored and supported by the Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service.

The recovery rate is a subset of the total number of confirmed cases.

he Ministry of Health defines a recovered case as: At least 10 days have passed since they first had symptoms of COVID-19, and they have had no symptoms for at least 48 hours. Like most countries, we don't usually test again to make sure, because the test result shows whether or not they have remnants of the virus, not whether or not they can infect other people.

6. Community-based assessment centre (CBAC) data

The total number of people assessed and tested on 5 May 2020 is:

DATE

LOCATION

NUMBER OF PEOPLE ASSESSED

NUMBER OF PEOPLE TESTED (SWABS TAKEN)

5 May

 

Nelson

71

61

Blenheim

30

30

Motueka

12

11

Total  

113

102


Golden Bay assessment centre data has been collected since 13 April: Data is included in the running totals table below.

Running total CBAC data, by location

 

NELSON

BLENHEIM

MOTUEKA

GOLDEN BAY

24 MARCH to 5 MAY

Assessed: 2142

Assessed: 894

Assessed: 572

 

Tested: 1615

Tested: 628

Tested: 357

13 APRIL to 1 MAY

 

 

 

Assessed: 69

Please note:

  1. The rate of testing has increased substantially in the past month, in line with the revised Ministry of Health case definition.
  2. This data does not include testing conducted by GPs in healthcare centres (clinics), in people’s homes or by clinicians in hospitals.

7. For further information

Please go to the NMH website COVID-19 page for information about:

  • Health & disability services at Alert Level 3
  • The definition of a ‘probable’ case
  • Why DHBs only release case information by territorial authority regions (and not by towns or smaller regions)
  • Contact tracing
  • Community-based assessment centre (CBAC) locations
  • The difference between screening, assessment and testing at a CBAC
  • Hospital visitation rules
  • Changes to planned care (elective) procedures
  • Where to find the best COVID-19 information and advice
  • Resources to download and share
  • Other frequently-asked questions
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