The Waikato District Health Board will release a regular breakdown of its district-wide Covid-19 case numbers by local body area from today.
Currently, the greater Waikato has a total of 178 cases, with just nine in the Waikato district, 44 in Hamilton city and the biggest occurrence, 69, in Matamata-Piako.
The Hauraki, Otorohanga and South Waikato districts each have four cases, Waipa has 26, Waitomo has seven and Thames-Coromandel 11.
The Ruapehu district has no reported cases.
As at 9am today (April 15), the national total of confirmed and probable cases is 1386. Nine people have died of the disease.
Till today, Ministry of Health guidance had required DHB reporting to be done at a regional level due to patient privacy considerations. It’s now been determined the release of the information by local body district does not breach any person’s right to privacy.
Waikato DHB will be publishing the figures daily here on its website as well as providing figures to local authorities.
“These figures will give the community a clearer picture of what is happening in their area. It’s important to note however that if there are no reported cases in a particular district it doesn’t mean that the risk of infection does not exist as people may be asymptomatic [showing no signs of the disease] with Covid-19 and everyone should continue to follow the government guidance on social distancing and hand hygiene.” Waikato DHB chief executive Dr Kevin Snee said.
The data will be available at https://www.waikatodhb.health.nz/your-health/covid-19-in-waikato/
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