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 a very short space of time Omicron has become the dominant COVID-19 variant in many countries and community cases are now in New Zealand, and it will rapidly spread in our community.
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.
ACC will be increasing parking rates for visitors at Middlemore Hospital. The new rates will start on 19 January 2022. These increases take place every three years. Please also note that the cost of compassionate parking will increase at the same time from $50. 00 per week to $60. 00 per week.
Middlemore remains busy as the number of COVID-19 community cases starts to plateau, the number of COVID-19 hospital admissions remains relatively stable with 30 cases in Middlemore and a total of 83 COVID-19 hospital admissions across the Auckland region today at mid-afternoon.
From Friday, 3 December New Zealand moves into the new COVID-19 Protection Framework, commonly known as the ‘traffic light’ system. Auckland will start in the ‘red’ setting and as we move through the traffic lights our visitor policy will change to reflect this.
Being Maaori, establishing connections (whakawhanuangatanga) is important to Karen Molyneux, one of our Allied Health Triage Clinicians based at Community Central in Lambie Drive and recently elected President Tangata Whenua for Occupational Therapy New Zealand, Whakaora Ngangahau (OTNZ WNA).
After a long lockdown in Auckland, and a busy period as the spread of COVID-19 in the community adds pressure to our system, we are looking forward to the new protection framework coming into effect.
In metro Auckland today, the Northern Region Health Coordination Centre (NRHCC) is coordinating the support of 1,441 COVID-19 positive cases to safely isolate at home.