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Auckland and MIQ COVID-19 Positivity Rates

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From: James Graham

Dear Chris Hipkins,

Two related requests for information.

1) Can you please provide the total number of tests, positive test results and the positivity rate for all COVID-19 tests of returnees in the MIQ system since the start of the Delta outbreak in Auckland, August 17, 2021? Please further break these numbers down by vaccination status - by unvaccinated, one dose and two dose vaccinated.

2) Can you please provide the total number of tests, positive test results and the positivity rate for all COVID-19 tests completed in the Auckland region excluding tests of returnees in MIQ since the start of the Delta outbreak in Auckland, August 17, 2021?

Yours faithfully,
James Graham

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From: C Hipkins (MIN)
Chris Hipkins

Kia ora

 

Thank you for taking the time to write to Hon Chris Hipkins, Minister for
COVID-19 Response, Minister of Education, Minister for the Public Sector
and Leader of the House.

We are receiving a significant amount of correspondence at the moment and,
although your email will be carefully considered and noted, it is not
possible to respond to each individual email. However, please note that
this is an automatic response and we will endeavour to respond to your
individual queries as soon as we can.

All parts of New Zealand south of the Auckland boundary moved to Alert
Level 3 at 11.59pm Tuesday 31 August 2021. This setting will remain in
place for one week and Cabinet will review this decision on Monday 6
September 2021.

Auckland will remain at Alert Level 4 for a further two weeks. Cabinet
will meet on Monday 13 September 2021 to review the Alert Level setting
for Auckland.

Northland is expected to remain at Alert Level 4 until 11.59pm Thursday 2
September 2021. Cabinet will review the Alert Level setting for Northland
later this week.

Information about Alert Level 3 is available
at [1]https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-levels-and...
about Alert Level 4
at [2]https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-levels-and....
Advice about travel can be found
at [3]https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/dise....

The locations of interest are set out
at [4]https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/dise...
encourage anyone who has been at one of the locations of interest at the
time specified to self-isolate and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453. You
can find the nearest testing centre to you
at [5]https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19/.

We appreciate that this is a challenging time. If you need to talk, you
can call or text 1737 at any time. Mental health and wellbeing resources
are also available
at [6]https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/dise...
about the financial support available to individuals and businesses can be
found at [7]https://covid19.govt.nz/business-and-mon....

We also understand that there are several other aspects to the response
that are very important to people. You can find more information about:

o Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ)
at [8]https://www.miq.govt.nz/, including how to request an emergency
allocation
at [9]https://www.miq.govt.nz/travel-to-new-ze...
make a complaint or request a review of your application by
emailing [10]https://www.miq.govt.nz/about/contact-us....
o Travel with Australia
at [11]https://covid19.govt.nz/travel/quarantin...
you are in Australia, please register
at [12]https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/ and if it is an emergency,
contact the Consulate on +64 99 20 20 20.
o Vaccines at [13]https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19-vaccines/, including
how to book your vaccine
at [14]https://bookmyvaccine.covid19.health.nz/... by calling 0800 28
29 26.
o Vaccine data and statistics
at [15]https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/dise...
Medsafe’s vaccine safety monitoring reports
at [16]https://www.medsafe.govt.nz/COVID-19/vac...
o The Government’s plan to reconnect New Zealand with the rest of the
world
at [18]https://covid19.govt.nz/reconnecting-new....

Please remember to take care, and be kind. We have beaten COVID-19 before,
and we can do it again.

Ngā mihi,

Office of Hon Chris Hipkins

Minister for COVID-19 Response | Minister of Education | Minister for the
Public Sector | Leader of the House | MP for Remutaka

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From: Lydia Verschaffelt

Kia ora James

On behalf of Hon Chris Hipkins, Minister for COVID-19 Response, thank you for your request under the Official Information Act 1982 (the Act). You have requested:

"... 1) Can you please provide the total number of tests, positive test results and the positivity rate for all COVID-19 tests of returnees in the MIQ system since the start of the Delta outbreak in Auckland, August 17, 2021? Please further break these numbers down by vaccination status - by unvaccinated, one dose and two dose vaccinated.

2) Can you please provide the total number of tests, positive test results and the positivity rate for all COVID-19 tests completed in the Auckland region excluding tests of returnees in MIQ since the start of the Delta outbreak in Auckland, August 17, 2021?"

The information requested appears to be more closely associated with the functions and responsibilities of the Ministry of Health. Accordingly, I am transferring your request to the Ministry under section 14(b)(ii) of the Official Information Act 1982. You can expect a response from the Ministry of Health in due course.

You have the right, under section 28 of the Act, to ask the Ombudsman to review this decision to transfer your request for information.

Thank you again for taking the time to write.

Ngā mihi

Lydia Verschaffelt | Health Private Secretary
Office of Hon Chris Hipkins
Minister for COVID-19 Response | Minister of Education | Minister for the Public Service | Leader of the House
Parliament Buildings, Private Bag 18041, Wellington 6160, New Zealand

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Kia ora James,

 

Thank you for your request for official information which was transferred
from the Office of Hon Chris Hipkins and received by the Ministry of
Health on 30 September 2021. The Ministry’s reference number for your
request is H202113414.

 

If you need to contact us at any stage about your request, please quote
this reference number in your correspondence. You requested:

 

“1) Can you please provide the total number of tests, positive test
results and the positivity rate for all COVID-19 tests of returnees in the
MIQ system since the start of the Delta outbreak in Auckland, August 17,
2021? Please further break these numbers down by vaccination status - by
unvaccinated, one dose and two dose vaccinated.

 

2) Can you please provide the total number of tests, positive test results
and the positivity rate for all COVID-19 tests completed in the Auckland
region excluding tests of returnees in MIQ since the start of the Delta
outbreak in Auckland, August 17, 2021?"

 

Your request has been logged and you can expect a reply no later than 29
October 2021 as required under the Official Information Act 1982.

 

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic response, the Ministry is experiencing
significantly higher volumes of queries and requests for information. If
we are unable to respond to your request within this time frame, we will
notify you of an extension of that time frame.

 

If you have any queries related to this request, please do not hesitate to
get in touch.

 

Ngâ mihi

 

OIA Services

Government Services

Office of the Director-General

Ministry of Health

E: [1][email address]

 

 

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