4,811 community cases; 533 hospitalisations; 12 in ICU

News article

16 August 2022

Today we are reporting 4,811 community cases and 533 current hospitalisations.

The seven-day rolling average of community case numbers today is 4,073 – last Tuesday, it was 5,120.

The seven-day rolling average of hospitalisations is 556 – last Tuesday, it was 645.

There are now a total of 1,782 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 13.

COVID-19 hospitalisations 

  • COVID-19 Cases in hospital: total number 533: Northland: 25; Waitematā: 64; Counties Manukau: 61; Auckland: 62; Waikato: 77; Bay of Plenty: 17; Lakes: 8; Hawke’s Bay: 38; MidCentral: 16; Whanganui: 8; Taranaki: 11; Tairāwhiti: 1; Wairarapa: 10; Capital & Coast: 15; Hutt Valley: 12; Nelson Marlborough: 9; Canterbury: 68; West Coast: 4; South Canterbury: 13; Southern: 14.
  • Weekly COVID-19 Hospitalisations - 7 day rolling average: 556 (This time last week 645)
  • Average age of current COVID-19 hospitalisations: 65
  • Cases in ICU or HDU: 12
  • Vaccination status of new admissions to hospital*: Unvaccinated or not eligible (47 cases); partially immunised <7 days from second dose or have only received one dose (4 cases); double vaccinated at least 7 days before being reported as a case (75 cases); received booster at least 7 days before being reported as a case (257 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: 4,029,539 first doses; 3,982,471 second doses; 33,992 third primary doses; 2,714,300 first booster doses: 425,295 second booster doses: 266,446 paediatric first doses and 146,933 paediatric second doses  
  • Vaccines administered yesterday: 21 first doses; 25 second doses; 2 third primary doses; 491 first booster doses; 6,619 second booster doses; 11 paediatric first doses and 67 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): 3,115
  • Number of Rapid Antigen Tests reported total (last 24 hours): 11,640
  • PCR tests rolling average (last 7 days): 3,214
  • Number of Rapid Antigen Tests dispatched (last seven days as of 16 August 2022): 700,000  

COVID-19 cases 

  • Total number of new community cases: 4,811
  • Number of new cases that have recently travelled overseas: 169
  • Seven day rolling average of community cases: 4,073
  • Seven day rolling average of community cases (as at same day last week): 5,120
  • Number of active cases (total): 28,500 (cases identified in the past seven days and not yet classified as recovered)
  • Confirmed cases (total): 1,681,473
  • 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 

There are now a total of 1,782 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 13 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. 

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