5.30pm Thursday 13th August
There are 13 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Auckland. These are all linked to the family of 4.
This brings the total number of cases to 36. 17 of these are linked to the latest community outbreak.
Deaf Aotearoa has a shipment of masks with clear face panels arriving next week – these were ordered early in June, however there have been delays in shipment.
We have asked the Ministry of Health to prioritise additional shipments of masks with clear panels. We have located a supplier of masks with clear panels in NZ and are confirming availability.
Deaf Aotearoa and the National Foundation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing have today written to the Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Minister for Disability Issues, Hon Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Broadcasting, Hon Kris Faafoi and the Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield to highlight our concerns around masks and captioning.
Demand for testing has been high at community-based testing centres. There are an increasing number of testing sites around Auckland, please remember that you can also get a test from your local doctor – these tests are free. The total number of testing centres in Auckland is now 15.
The Vaughan Road centre in Rotorua and the Devon St West centre in Taupo have extended their hours. They are now open 9 am – 4 pm 7 days a week.
Lakes DHB set up a testing centre in Turangi opposite the police station today and another Rotorua testing centre in Vaughn Street West International Stadium will be open on Friday and through the weekend.
The government expects that things will get worse before they get better. Modelling suggests that we will continue to see more people test positive for Covid-19.
If you have symptoms please go and get tested.