The pandemic is not over however the continued decline in case numbers is a welcome relief to us all. At the peak of this Omicron outbreak Middlemore had five wards dedicated exclusively to patients with complications and serious illness due to COVID-19.
In Counties Manukau we are experiencing a welcome decrease in the number of daily COVID-19 cases and the number of people requiring hospital level care.
Clinicians from Counties Manukau Health are working with other specialists throughout the country to ensure all COVID-19 patients get the best possible hospital and community care.
Due to the impacts of the Omicron surge some outpatient appointments may be delayed. You will be offered another appointment as soon as we are able to do so.
Omicron cases are increasing throughout our rohe and our Community Health Service are not immune to its impacts. We are experiencing some staff shortages due team members becoming unwell, being required to self-isolate as a close contact, or having to look after unwell dependents.
In an effort to help relieve pressure on emergency departments across Tāmaki Makaurau, the Northern Region Health Coordination Centre (NRHCC) has launched four Whānau HQ Care Hubs.
Safely isolating at home is what we all need to do when we become unwell with COVID-19For many fully vaccinated people in our community who get COVID-19, the most that will happen is they will become unwell with cold like symptoms and need to stay home from work or school.
Omicron is now in the community in various locations across Aotearoa and we expect the number of cases to rapidly increase in the next two to three weeks.
As we head into the peak of our summer the number of people infected by the Delta variant of COVID-19 has declined dramatically with only one active case in Middlemore Hospital at the start of this week.
With Auckland’s move to the orange ‘traffic light’ setting proposed to come into place Thursday, 30 December our visiting policy will remain largely the same as under the red setting. All patients will be supported to nominate two registered whaanau (Kaitiaki/partners in care), preferably from the same bubble.