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Latest Update On COVID-19

Press Release – Waikato District Health Board

There were 15 cases confirmed in the Waikato overnight, with six in Huntly, three in Hamilton, four in Te Kiti, and two in Ngruawhia. All cases have been linked to previous cases. This brings the total number of cases during this Waikato outbreak …

There were 15 cases confirmed in the Waikato overnight, with six in Huntly, three in Hamilton, four in Te Kūiti, and two in Ngāruawāhia.

All cases have been linked to previous cases.

This brings the total number of cases during this Waikato outbreak to 404 (170 active, 234 recovered) with 38 active cases remaining under investigation for links.

There were eight locations of interest identified yesterday across Hamilton, Huntly and Te Kūiti.

There are seven pop-up and dedicated testing sites operating across Waikato today in Hamilton, Ōtorohanga, Thames, Huntly, Ngāruawāhia and Te Kūiti.

There are two people receiving care for COVID-19 at Waikato Hospital and another COVID-19 positive individual receiving care for an unrelated condition.

There were 2279 tests processed in the Waikato yesterday and 1776 vaccines delivered.

In the Waikato, public health staff are now supporting 129 cases to isolate at home.

Location Number of active cases 
Hamilton 51
Te Kūiti 41
Huntly 36
Ōtorohanga 19
Ngāruawāhia 9
Te Kauwhata 4
Kāwhia 3
Te Awamutu 2
Cambridge 1
Piopio 1
Thames 1
Tokoroa 1
Unknown 1

Note: previously listed case locations will at times be reclassified following investigations.

Anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms, is following guidance relating to a location of interest, or has been directed by Healthline or a GP should seek a test immediately.

Otherwise, people should call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or their GP for guidance before seeking a test.

It is free to get a COVID-19 test, wherever you go.

COVID-19 testing centres

Testing locations in and around Waikato are also available on the Healthpoint and Waikato DHB websites.


Ōtorohanga Sports Club carpark, Island Reserve, Orahiri Terrace, Ōtorohanga

Friday 26 November onwards 10am-12pm


Centennial Park, William Street entrance, Te Kūiti

Fridays to Tuesdays 10am-2pm

Wednesdays 3-7pm


Te Korowai o Hauora Thames, 210 Richmond Street, Thames

Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

Saturday 10am-1pm


Waahi Whanui, 17 Parry Street, Huntly

Wednesday 24 to Sunday 28 November 10-3pm


Nga Miro Health Centre car park, 29 River Road, Ngāruawāhia

Friday 26 November 7.30am-12pm


Founders Theatre carpark

Entrance off Norton Road

Daily 8am-4pm

Claudelands Event Centre

Gate 3, Brooklyn Road

Daily 10am-6pm

Te Kōhao Health

951 Wairere Drive, Hamilton East

Daily 10am-4pm


Testing is available on appointment from GPs. Both practices will test non-enrolled patients:

Tokoroa Family Health

Gate 3, Tokoroa Hospital, Maraetai Road, Tokoroa

Book on 07 886 5431

Tokoroa Medical Centre

57-75 Maraetai Road, Tokoroa

Book on 07 886 8777

GP practices

Please see for a list of pop-up testing sites and designated general practices where anyone can be tested for free, and for all testing providers in the region.

Latest update on COVID-19 vaccinations

Reporting on vaccination rates at TLA level is provided by the Ministry of Health. This data is at 26 November 2021 and is the latest available at TLA level.

Territorial local authority 1st doses 2nd doses 1st doses as a % of eligible population Fully vaccinated as a % of eligible population
Hamilton City 132,169 121,141 93.2% 85.5%
Hauraki District 14,338 12,854 83.7% 75.1%
Matamata-Piako District 26,992 24,578 88.7% 80.8%
Ōtorohanga District 7029 6237 81.5% 72.3%
Ruapehu District 5555 4848 83.6% 72.9%
South Waikato District 17,070 14,672 85.6% 73.6%
Thames-Coromandel District 24,268 22,229 87.5% 80.1%
Waikato District 43,708 39,563 88.9% 80.5%
Waipa District 44,985 41,838 93.4% 86.8%
Waitomo District 6902 6073 91.2% 80.3%
Waikato region 323,016  294,033 90.4% 82.3%

Data at SA2 level (approximately equivalent to suburb) is available on the Ministry of Health website.

Pop-up vaccination sites and vaccination clinics

Hours at the Te Awa The Base community vaccination centre in Te Rapa, Hamilton, have been extended from this week. The vaccination centre will now open from 9am to 9pm every Thursday and Friday, starting 28 October, until Christmas to cater for people who cannot be vaccinated during normal working hours.

There are number of pop-up vaccination centres operating across the Waikato this week. Details are at

The Cambridge community vaccination centre at Cambridge Community Marae is closed. Vaccinations will continue to be available at Cambridge Medical Centre (bookings essential via or 0800 28 29 26) and Unichem Cambridge (offering both walk-ins and bookings). There is good capacity at both sites to support the community. Vaccinations are free wherever you go.

  • Mobile vaccination clinics are rolling out across the takiwā with regular visits to locations through to the end of the year. The schedule is on the Waikato DHB website and will be regularly updated with more dates and locations.
  • Also visit the Waikato DHB FB page for up-to-date mobile vaccination clinic locations.
  • In Hamilton and elsewhere in the Waikato, you can get your vaccinations at GPs, pharmacies, mobile sites and at our vaccination centres. There’s lots of options, so come along and meet the friendly vaccination teams.
  • Walk-in appointments are available at many vaccination sites across the Waikato.
  • People can now also bus free to and from their vaccination appointment if they show proof of their booking. See for more details.

Reminder – Making a vaccination appointment

Although walk-ins are available at many vaccination sites, the best way of guaranteeing a vaccination on the time, day and place of your choosing is still to book.

  • If you have made a booking and are not able to attend your appointment, please cancel your booking so someone else can use that appointment time.
  • If you are unsure when your appointment is, check on the booking system at using your contact number or email address and booking reference. Alternatively, you can call 0800 28 29 26 for assistance.
  • Everyone aged 12+ can now visit to make their bookings.
  • We ask everyone when attending their appointments under Alert Level 3 to follow the key public health measures detailed on the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

If people have flu-like symptoms

Do not come into the hospital if you have cold or flu-like symptoms.

If you are concerned about your risk of COVID-19, please ring Healthline (0800 358 5453). They will tell you if you need to be tested and what to do next.

  • It is free to get a COVID-19 test
  • GPs are able to provide assessment and testing – please phone your practice first
  • Please do not turn up to your GP without an appointment
  • After hours, you can be seen at an urgent care clinic
  • We recommend you take your NHI number with you, which can speed up the timeframe to receive your test results.

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