It was a Tuesday morning in late February, amidst the current Omicron outbreak, when Malcolm awoke in pain.
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.
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.
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.
Today is day 93 of Auckland’s lockdown, and while public health restrictions have changed and children are returning to school, we urge the community to remain vigilant, continue to follow the rules, and get fully vaccinated.
You’ve seen the news. You’ve heard the call out for New Zealanders to get vaccinated. The message from Middlemores clinical team is clear - please get vaccinated to avoid hospital admission and help prevent life threatening complications from COVID-19 related illnesses.
Aucklanders are grateful for the easing of COVID-19 restrictions after three long months of lockdown. The Government is signally an end to lockdowns and the response to the vaccination call-out is a major contributor as we inch closer to an end to Auckland’s lockdown.
Middlemore has now had 185 COVID-19 positive presentations to our Emergency Department since March of last year, and in the Counties Manukau region there have been over 1900 cases. That’s 35% of all cases in New Zealand, excluding all cases in Managed Isolation and Quarantine facilities.
As the number of COVID-19 cases throughout New Zealand increases, more people are curious about the care Middlemore Hospital provides COVID-19 patients. So, some of our clinical leaders have stepped forward to provide insights into what goes on behind the scenes.