Nelson Marlborough Health News and Notices

NMH COVID-19 Update: 7 April 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

One new probable case has been added to Ministry of Health (MoH) reporting for the Nelson Marlborough region. Three older cases have also been retrospectively added to the MoH website.

The new probable case is from 6 April, for a man in his 50s in the Marlborough region.

The total number of confirmed and probable cases are:

LOCATION

CONFIRMED CASES

PROBABLE CASES

Nelson

21

5

Marlborough

12

6

TOTALS

33

11

 

  • All cases are travel-related and there is no 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

A ‘probable case’ is a person who has returned a negative lab test result but the clinician treating them believes that, based on clinical symptoms and exposure history, that they are very likely to be a case.

Contact tracing is underway as required by the Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service (NMPHS) and the national close contact tracing service.

2. Recovery rates

As at 7 April 2020, the total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in the Nelson Marlborough region is: 11

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

3. Community-based assessment centre (CBAC) data

The numbers of people screened, assessed and tested on 6 April 2020 are:

DATE

LOCATION

NUMBER OF PEOPLE ASSESSED

NUMBER OF PEOPLE TESTED (SWABS TAKEN)

6 April

 

Nelson

38

30

Blenheim

21

9

Motueka

17

7

Total  

76

46

Running total CBAC data, by location:

 

NELSON

BLENHEIM

MOTUEKA

24 MARCH to 6 APRIL

Assessed: 655

Assessed: 372

Assessed: 168

Tested: 269

Tested: 146

Tested: 76

 

4. Updated suspect case definition: New priority groupings

On 3 April, the Ministry of Health Technical Advisory Group revised the suspect case definition for COVID-19. The priority groups for investigation and testing were also revised.

The case definition and priority groups are used by clinicians when they assess (examine) a person, to determine whether that person should be tested. A clinician also applies their own clinical judgement of that person’s symptoms and personal situation.

The case definition and priority groupings are online here: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-information-specific-audiences/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-resources-health-professionals/case-definition-covid-19-infection


5. For further information

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

  • Contact tracing
  • Community-based assessment centre (CBAC) locations
  • The difference between screening, assessment and testing at a CBAC
  • How to raise concerns about non-compliance with isolation or physical distancing rules
  • 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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