4,006 community cases; 654 hospitalisations; 16 in ICU

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08 August 2022

Today we are reporting 4,006 community cases and 654 current hospitalisations.

The seven-day rolling average of community case numbers today is 5,288. Last Monday it was 6,990.

There are now a total of 1,638 deaths confirmed as attributable to COVID-19, either as the underlying cause of death or as a contributing factor. The seven-day rolling average increase in total deaths attributable to COVID-19 is now 14.

COVID-19 hospitalisations 

  • COVID-19 Cases in hospital: total number 654: Northland: 36; Waitematā: 61; Counties Manukau: 51; Auckland: 75; Waikato: 60; Bay of Plenty: 30; Lakes: 17; Hawke’s Bay: 32; MidCentral: 21; Whanganui: 13; Taranaki: 22; Tairāwhiti: 2; Wairarapa: 5; Capital, Coast: 23; Hutt: 13; Nelson Marlborough: 20; Canterbury: 107; West Coast: 4; South Canterbury: 27; Southern: 35.
  • Weekly COVID-19 Hospitalisations - 7 day rolling average: 660 (This time last week 799)
  • Average age of current COVID-19 hospitalisations: 63
  • Cases in ICU or HDU: 16
  • Vaccination status of new admissions to hospital*: Unvaccinated or not eligible (52 cases); partially immunised <7 days from second dose or have only received one dose (2 cases); double vaccinated at least 7 days before being reported as a case (77 cases); received booster at least 7 days before being reported as a case (272 cases).

* These are new hospital admissions in the past 7 days prior to yesterday who had COVID at the time of admission or while in hospital, excluding hospitalisations that were admitted and discharged within 24hrs. This data is from Districts with tertiary hospitals: Auckland, Canterbury/West Coast, Southern, Counties Manukau, Waikato, Capital & Coast/Hutt, Waitemata and Northland. 

COVID-19 vaccinations administered  

  • Vaccines administered to date: 4,029,397 first doses; 3,982,271 second doses; 34,093 third primary doses; 2,710,306 first booster doses: 372,238 second booster doses: 266,240 paediatric first doses and 146,067 paediatric second doses  
  • Vaccines administered yesterday: 9 first doses; 6 second doses; 1 third primary doses; 321 first booster doses; 1,467 second booster doses; 28 paediatric first doses and 99 paediatric second doses  

More detailed information, including vaccine uptake by District, is available on the Ministry’s website. 


  • Number of PCR tests total (last 24 hours): 1,972
  • Number of Rapid Antigen Tests reported total (last 24 hours): 7,278
  • PCR tests rolling average (last 7 days): 3,059
  • Number of Rapid Antigen Tests dispatched (last seven days as of 7 August 2022): 1.6 million  

COVID-19 cases 

  • Total number of new community cases: 4,006
  • Number of new cases that have recently travelled overseas: 168
  • Seven day rolling average of community cases: 5,288
  • Seven day rolling average of community cases (as at same day last week): 6,990
  • Number of active cases (total): 37,007 (cases identified in the past seven days and not yet classified as recovered)
  • Confirmed cases (total): 1,646,554
  • New cases by District and other more detailed case information

Please note, the Ministry of Health’s daily reported cases may differ slightly from those reported at a District 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. 

COVID-19 deaths 

Please note, total deaths confirmed as attributable to COVID-19 are updated Monday to Saturday. This figure will be next updated on Tuesday.

There are now a total of 1,638 deaths confirmed as attributable to COVID-19, either as the underlying cause of death or as a contributing factor. This is the number that will be reported to the World Health Organization as it provides the most accurate assessment of COVID-19 related mortality in New Zealand.

In the past seven days there have been an average of 14 deaths confirmed each day as being attributable to COVID-19. This is a very sad time for whānau and friends of those who have died, and our thoughts and condolences are with them. 

Information on the number of new deaths of people with COVID-19 reported to the Ministry of Health in the last 24 hours, and the seven-day rolling average, is available on the Ministry of Health website. This includes information on the age band and location of these newly reported deaths. 

COVID-19 case data

These newly reported deaths have not yet been categorised as to whether they are attributable to COVID-19, either as the underlying cause of death or as a contributing factor or are unrelated to COVID-19. As this categorisation is made over coming days, the attributable deaths will be added to the total reported above. 

Update to reported vaccination rates

COVID-19’s vaccination data is currently undergoing a technical update, which will mean some changes in reported vaccination rates. These will be routinely published from Wednesday (10 August), in line with our normal weekly reporting cycle.

These changes are the result of Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand moving to using 2021 Health System User (HSU) data, replacing the 2020 HSU data that has been previously used. As a result, we will be adding a larger group of New Zealanders to the list of those who are eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations, as part of improvements to the vaccination programme.

Moving to the 2021 HSU data will mean a technical decrease in reported vaccination rates overall because of the larger number of eligible New Zealanders being identified. However, they will make no difference to the total number of New Zealanders vaccinated, which remains the same and will continue to increase as more people are vaccinated.

This decrease in the overall vaccine rate is because, while we have the same number of people vaccinated, we are now dividing that number by a larger group of eligible people. This larger group now includes people who have used health services during the 2021 calendar year, that were not captured in the 2020 HSU data.

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