COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) update - 25 February

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25 February 2020

Update summary

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield and Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay address media on 25th February 2020, to give an update on COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).

View video of the media briefing.

  • Dr Bloomfield told media there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand currently.
  • Dr Bloomfield reiterated the Government’s decision to extend the current travel restrictions to 11.59PM next Tuesday.
  • He told media those restrictions would continue to be reviewed every 48 hours.
  • Dr Bloomfield told media New Zealand is continuing to monitor the evolving global situation especially in Iran, Italy and South Korea, as numbers of cases in those countries rise.
  • He told media the Ministry is taking advice from the COVID-19 Technical Advisory Group, which will make a recommendation later this week around the current case definition. 
  • Dr Bloomfield said 121 people have been tested for COVID-19….all returning a negative test.
  • More than five-thousand people have now registered with Healthline as being in self-isolation.
  • From February 7 - 22 February 22 Healthline report a combined total of around 19,000 calls to the main Healthline number and the dedicated COVID-19 line compared to around 14,000 for the same period last year. There were 137 calls to the dedicated COVID-19 line yesterday
  • Dr McElnay spoke about the Ministry’s pandemic preparedness, including our national supply of equipment and setting up community based assessment centres, as had been done during the H1N1 swine flu pandemic.
  • Dr McElnay mentioned that our Intensive Care Network of Clinical ICU Directors has now met to set up and plan for how we manage the ICU/HDU and negative pressure beds we have across the country. In a pandemic scenario this group would provide advice on how to manage demand for those beds from a national perspective and ensure we manage those patients in ICU environment appropriately. It is important to note that these beds are already in use across the country, so part of the role of this group is to also advise normal demand for these beds and equipment. 
  • The table below provides details of where these beds and equipment are across the DHB network. 

Number of Intensive Care and High Dependency Beds (including cardiac care) across all 20 DHBs as of 25 February 2020

Hutt Valley DHB 4 0
Mid Central DHB 6 0
Lakes DHB 4 0
West Coast DHB 0 4
Hawkes Bay DHB 7 4
Canterbury DHB 23 0
Capital & Coast DHB 21 0
Nelson Marlborough DHB 7  
Taranaki DHB 3 13
Tairawhiti DHB 6 0
Waikato DHB 16 0
Thames Hospital 0 0
Southern DHB - Dunedin 12 0
SDHB - Invercargill 6 0
SDHB - Lakes Hospital 0 0
Bay of Plenty DHB - Tauranga 6 14
Bay of Plenty DHB - Whakatane 2 4
South Canterbury DHB 8 0
Auckland DHB 17 6
Waitemata DHB 14 0
Counties Manukau DHB 12 6
Northland DHB 8 0
Whanganui DHB 6 0
Wairarapa DHB 0 6
TOTAL 176 57

Number negative isolation pressure rooms across all 20 DHBs as of 5 March 2020

District health board Negative isolation pressure rooms
Auckland 51
Bay of Plenty 13
Canterbury 22
Capital & Coast 22
Counties Manukau 63
Hawke's Bay 6
Hutt Valley 12
Lakes 6
MidCentral 28
Nelson-Marlborough 11
Northland 19
Southern 22
South Canterbury 0
Tairawhiti 4
Taranaki 7
Waikato 15
Wairarapa 7
Waitematā 18
West Coast 0
Whanganui 4

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