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Another 13 people with Covid-19 have died, bringing New Zealand’s pandemic total to 456.
Of the new deaths, three people were from Northland, one from Auckland, two from Waikato, one from Bay of Plenty, one from Whanganui, two from the west coast and three from the south. Three were in their 30s, two in their 50s, two in their 60s, four in their 60s, one in her 80s and one in her 90s. Seven were women and six were men.
Speaking at the Department of Health, Chief Health Officer Ashley Bloomfield noted a “small drop” in hospitalizations since yesterday, with 639 treatments. There are currently 29 people in intensive care.
Bloomfield said the number of cases nationwide continues to decline. There are 11,634 reported today, with the seven-day moving average down to 11,791 from last Thursday’s 14,515.
It’s only been in the past two weeks that cases have started to decline across the country, Bloomfield said, and that will come into the cabinet’s decision on traffic light settings next week.
Hospital admissions in the North region are decreasing, but quite slowly. It is estimated that around 30-40% of people in hospital are there for reasons other than Covid.
Outgoing public health director Caroline McElnay asked about the timing of her resignation
Bloomfield is joined at today’s briefing by Director of Public Health Caroline McElnay. It was revealed yesterday that she has stepped down from her role and today will be her last day in the role. Looking back on her time in the role, McElnay said today was Covid’s 299th press conference. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as Director of Public Health throughout this time,” she said.
“I’m traveling overseas and it will be a few months before I return to New Zealand. It was an honor and a privilege to have served as Director of Public Health during this period.
Perhaps anticipating questions about McElnay’s departure, Bloomfield said it had been “several months” since the director of public health revealed her intention to leave the department. He said she had “very good reasons” for wanting to leave. Dr. Jim Miller has joined as Director of Public Health while Dr. McElnay’s replacement is appointed.
Bloomfield paid tribute to McElnay, saying she had been “a real rock” to him and that it had been “a real pleasure” to face the 1 p.m. briefings together. “I’m glad you’re taking a break.”
McElnay said after five years in the role it was time to go, citing his regular commute between his home in Napier and the ministry in Wellington. She said she plans to spend more time with her family in New Zealand and visit extended family in Ireland and Europe.
Despite her decision to leave, McElnay said she did not feel exhausted. She didn’t think about what her next job would be, but didn’t rule out taking a job with the new organization Health NZ. Preferably, however, his next role will involve an upcoming trip.
Reflecting on New Zealand’s response to Covid, McElnay said our low death toll is an indication of its success. She acknowledged that every death is a tragedy and said at the start of the pandemic she felt like every time she addressed the country it was to announce a death. “I know for a while social media called me a ‘dead doctor’,” she said. “I would challenge anyone who said our death rate was high.”