Nelson Marlborough Health News and Notices

NMH COVID-19 Update: 9 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

Two new probable cases in the Nelson Marlborough region have been announced by the Ministry of Health (MoH). They are:

  1. A Nelson female in her 60s (her case dates back to 24 March)
  2. A Marlborough female in her 40s

The total number of confirmed and probable cases are:

LOCATION

CONFIRMED CASES

PROBABLE CASES

Nelson

21

6

Marlborough

12

9

TOTALS

33

15

  • 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

2. Updated probable case definition

The definition of a probable case was recently revised by the Ministry of Health.

In simple terms a probable case is someone where the suspicion of disease is so high that the clinicians believe this is more than likely a case than not but cannot prove this by lab testing.

There are three ways that someone is diagnosed as a probable COVID-19 case:

  1. They have clinically-compatible symptoms, and an absence of other known causes that would explain why they have clinical symptoms
  2. They are a close contact of a confirmed case, and either meet the clinical criteria or cannot readily be tested
  3. The clinician assessing them believes that, based on clinical symptoms, an inconclusive test or no test, and their exposure history, that they are very likely to be a case.

3. Recovery rates

As at 9 April 2020, the total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in the Nelson Marlborough region is: 14 (please note, this was incorrectly reported as 16 yesterday).

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

4. Community-based assessment centre (CBAC) data

The numbers of people screened, assessed and tested on 8 April 2020 are:

DATE

LOCATION

NUMBER OF PEOPLE ASSESSED

NUMBER OF PEOPLE TESTED (SWABS TAKEN)

8 April

 

Nelson

26

19

Blenheim

13

10

Motueka

17

15

Total  

56

44

Running total CBAC data, by location:

 

NELSON

BLENHEIM

MOTUEKA

24 MARCH to 8 APRIL

Assessed: 734

Assessed: 408

Assessed: 194

Tested: 333

Tested: 169

Tested: 98

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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