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  • 0 Rely on Facebook for Information... At Your Risk

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    Facebook used to be a wonderful tool many years ago, but today it’s a totally different product. People mistakenly believe they see every post from every page they follow, but they don’t. Whether you see a post is over to the Facebook Computer. When it comes to getting safety information to you in real time, we want you to have the best, and push alerts are the only solution. The following graph shows how long it took for people to see a specific Facebook post on Sunday Oct 17th/18th. Our exclusive push alerts reach you in real time, NOT up to a day later. While reasonable as a social connecter, Facebook it is definitely substandard for emergency alerting. If you rely on it for emergency alerts you could be putting you and your family's safety at risk.   With Facebook's drive for revenue, ALL business pages are now expected to buy advertising if they want reach ( Reach is a measure of people that stop on a post for 3 seconds). This includes Civil Defence, Metservice,  Lert Info, Councils, Fire, Police and every other business page. None are boosting their posts to get to as many people as possible as it's too tricky to do in a fast flowing emergency. How does this affect you?  It risks your safety. There are several key things that make a post go really well – comments, shares, likes, the correct images and how long people stay on a post. You can see the variation across our recent posts. The top post was after 24hrs. ( If print is too small in following table, turn your phone sideways)     Lert info has a following of 38,000  yet we've only reached 50% of our followers twice. You will never know when you miss out, and if you do see a post, how old is it? Emergency alerts are very time sensitive, the obvious solution is real time push alerts.  We can get Civil defence, weather, fire, Police and other alerts to you even before they do.  There is a good chance you may not see their posts in time, if at all. What is the solution? Push alerts! Over the last 9yrs Lert Info has continually developed NZ's only a dedicated push alert service. It covers all eventualities, not just road or weather  or Civil Defence, but anything. Our "Lerts " are sent to subscribers immediately . Lert Info is for everyone. You'll can get alerts pretty much immediately by Txt .  We also have a free email service for people that can’t afford a couple of dollars for Txt’s, but it has the usual email tradeoffs. Still it's better than nothing. Register at www.lert.info  before we send the next alert for your area.  Almost every place in New Zealand has received an alert in the last week.  Make "Lert" a key part of your emergency information kit. You should have have several sources anyway.      

  • 0 Covid Update Monday Oct 4th 1:30pm

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    Today we have seen 29 new cases of covid. 28 were in Auckland and 1 in the Waikato   Media release from MOH 04 October 2021 Cases Number of new community cases: 29 Number of new cases identified at the border: Two Location of new community cases *: Auckland (28); Waikato (1) Location of community cases (total): Auckland (including four cases in Upper Hauraki; all of whom are in the same household) 1,337 (1,065 of whom have recovered); Waikato 2; Upper Hauraki 1; Wellington 17 (all of whom have recovered) Number of community cases (total): 1,357 (in the current community outbreak) Cases infectious in the community: 19 (58%) of yesterday’s 33 cases have exposure events Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious: 14 (42%) of yesterday’s 33 cases Cases epidemiologically linked: 21 of today’s 29 cases are linked. Cases to be epidemiologically linked: 8 of today’s 29 cases. Investigations are continuing to determine a link. Cases epidemiologically linked (total): 1,314 (in the current cluster) (21 unlinked from the past fortnight). Number of sub-clusters: 15 epidemiologically linked subclusters. Of these, seven are active, one is contained and seven are dormant. There are 14 epidemiologically unlinked subclusters. Of these, five are active, one is contained and eight are dormant. Cases in hospital: 30 (total): North Shore (3) Middlemore (13); Auckland (13); Waikato (1) Cases in ICU or HDU: Five Confirmed cases (total): 4,025 since pandemic began. Historical cases, since 1 Jan 2021 (total): 163 out of 2,208 since 1 Jan 2021 Contacts Number of open contacts being managed (total):: 1,184 Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements): 81% Percentage with at least one test result: 71% Locations of interest Locations of interest (total): 138 (as at 10am 4 October) List of locations - https://bit.ly/2Xy7Ubs Tests Number of tests (total): 3,450,152 Number of tests processed (total last 24 hours): 13,693 Tests processed in Auckland (last 24 hours): 7,420 Tests rolling average (last 7 days): 16,231 Testing centres in Auckland: 21 Wastewater Wastewater detections: No unexpected detections in the next 24 hours COVID-19 vaccine update Vaccines administered to date (total): 5,346,591; 1st doses: 3,328,286; 2nd doses: 2,018,305  Vaccines administered yesterday (total): 27,033; 1st doses: 7,041; 2nd doses: 19,992 Māori: 501,189; 1st doses: 323,582; 2nd doses: 177,607 Pacific Peoples: 335,541; 1st doses: 209,388; 2nd doses: 126,153 Vaccines administered to Auckland residents to date (total): 1,950,883; 1st doses: 1,206,138 (84%); 2nd doses: 744,745 (52%) Vaccines administered to Auckland residents yesterday (total): 12,923; 1st doses: 2,913; 2nd doses: 10,010 NZ COVID-19 tracer Registered users (total): 3,270,198 Poster scans (total): 404,898,830 Manual diary entries (total): 17,524,579 Poster scans in 24 hours to midday yesterday: 2,121,669 New cases identified at the border  Arrival date  From  Via  Positive test day/reason  Managed isolation/quarantine location  29 September United Kingdom United Arab Emirates Day 3 / routine Auckland 1 October Vanuatu Ship Day 0 / detected at entry In quarantine aboard ship *Today’s cases  A previously reported border related case, from Saturday, has been reclassified as not a case. They were reported in their home jurisdiction overseas, and the case has now been removed from our total case tally. North Shore Hospital maternity ward case Waitematā DHB has advised the Ministry of Health that late yesterday a nominated visitor to North Shore Hospital’s maternity ward tested positive for COVID-19. The baby and the baby’s mother were subsequently tested and the baby has returned a positive result, while the mother was negative. The mother and baby had been in a single room in hospital – separated from other mothers and babies – for the duration of their care and the positive case visited them twice while potentially infectious. The mother and baby have now been relocated to a COVID-19 appropriate ward and safety protocols are in place. A small number of staff who have potentially interacted with the visitor have been stood down as a precautionary measure while investigations continue and Waitematā DHB fully assesses the situation to determine if any other actions are required. The Ministry’s thoughts are with this family at this stressful time. COVID-19 case at Auckland City Hospital A person who went to Auckland City Hospital’s Emergency Department yesterday and was admitted to intensive care for non-COVID-19 reasons, has tested positive for COVID-19. Auckland DHB is working at pace with the Auckland Regional Public Health Service to investigate this case and identify any potential contacts. The patient was separated appropriately on arrival at the ED as being at risk for COVID-19 and staff were wearing appropriate PPE including N95 masks. They had also previously visited the ED and returned a negative test on Saturday, so it is believed the infection has been identified early. Auckland DHB advice is that patients and whānau who have been at Auckland City Hospital and in the ED do not need to take action unless they are contacted by public health officials. Waikato, Palmerston North cases update Overnight three household contacts of the Raglan case tested positive for COVID-19 – one of which is a newly identified household contact living on the property – and all have now been moved to an Auckland quarantine facility. These will be officially recorded in tomorrow’s case numbers. Meanwhile, initial tests from all four close contacts associated with worksites of the Auckland-based truck driver, who is isolating in Palmerston North, have returned initial negative results. Testing in Waikato Waikato DHB advises there has been a strong response to calls for people in Hamilton with symptoms to get tested. Yesterday, more than 600 swabs were taken across the testing centres at Founders and Claudelands in Hamilton, and around 150 swabs were taken at the pop-up testing site in Raglan. It is important that testing facilities are available for priority groups, to help us determine whether there has been any undetected community spread of the virus. So, if you are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms, are following guidance relating to a location of interest, or have been directed by Healthline or your GP, please seek a test immediately. Waikato DHB advises there is high demand at our community testing centres in Hamilton and Raglan. It is encouraging to see the local community taking care and seeking a test, but if you do not match the above criteria, please call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or your GP for guidance before seeking a test.   Testing is available at a range of dedicated sites, including Founders Theatre (8am - 4.30pm), Claudelands Event Centre (8am - 8pm), Raglan Rugby Grounds (10am - 4.30pm), as well as GPs and designated GP practices (which do not require you to be enrolled as patient). For COVID-19 testing locations nationwide, visit the Healthpoint website, which will include details of a new pop up testing site in Huntly, which is expected to be open from this afternoon. The Ministry also urges people to regularly check the locations of interest on the Ministry’s website, which provides specific guidance for each location. Anyone who is not symptomatic and has not visited a location of interest, does not need to get tested at this point. Vaccinations remain steady, with more than 3,000 (3,082) vaccinations administered across the Waikato Region in the past 24 hours. Around 426,925 vaccinations have been delivered across the Waikato region to date – that’s 264,224 first doses and 162,701 second doses. Around 71% of the region’s eligible population have had their first dose, and 42% are fully vaccinated If you haven’t already been vaccinated, now is a good time. Please don’t put it off. Whole genomic sequencing Whole genome sequencing for the Raglan case and the Hamilton case have both been completed confirming both cases are linked and both cases are also linked to one of the sub clusters in Auckland. For the Auckland based truck driver, currently in isolation in Palmerston North, whole genome sequencing is expected later today. *Wastewater testing There are no unexpected wastewater detections to report. The virus that causes COVID-19 was not detected in wastewater samples taken from 14 Waikato sites between 23-30 September, which includes sampling in Hamilton which did not detect COVID-19 in samples taken on September 28 and 29. Wastewater sample collection has been arranged from locations within the Waikato and Manawatū-Whanganui regions. This includes Raglan, Huntly, Te Kauwhata, Ngaruawahia, Feilding, Hunterville, Tooroa, Putaruru, Hamilton and Palmerston North. Results of these are expected over the coming days, however the timing of the results depends on various factors including the sample arrival times and need to re-run tests. Alert Level 3 boundary exemptions With the change to alert levels in parts of Waikato, the Ministry will be processing personal travel exemptions from 7 o’clock tomorrow morning, in the same way we have been processing applications for Auckland personal travel exemptions The criteria for personal travel exemptions into or out of the Waikato Alert Level 3 region will be the same as they currently are for the separate Auckland Alert Level region. Two million second doses of vaccine Today we’ve passed the two million mark for second doses of vaccine administered (2,018, 305). This is a really pleasing milestone and we want to reiterate our thanks to everyone who has so far had either their first, or final vaccination. Vaccination continues to be one of our strongest defences against COVID-19.

  • 0 Worlwide Facebook Outage

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    Facebook has unfortunately had a significant outage and was down for many hours. During an emergency like the Canterbury or Westport floods, you would have been out of the loop as Civil Defence and councils use Facebook heavily. Fortunately Lert Info emergency alerts aren't affected when Facebook goes down because we have a closed system. It performed perfectly with 6 alerts sent during today's outage. Facebook outages are frequent, and sometime over an hour. This is a key reason why we no longer use it for alerts. Our subscribers expect to be informed in an emergency, but people will not get information using Facebook. This  includes Civil Defence, Councils, NZTA etc.  Also, you will never see EVERY post from whoever you follow. You will get every alerts we send to you. Because we use 1000's  of sources outside Facebook including all our subscribers, we can still gather and send alerts and news. Save this link to your home screen on your phone or Device - click here for news posts any time.  If you want to get alerts even when Facebook is down click here   

  • 0 Covid Update Sunday Oct 3rd

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    23 new places of interest since 7pm Friday    Two pockets - Sth Auckland  and locations along SH1 from Auckland to Palmerston North   Palmerston North testing centres open on Sunday: Drive-through community testing centre, 575 Main St, 10am - 8pm City Doctors White Cross, 22 Victoria Ave, 8am - 8pm The Palms Medical Centre, 445 Ferguson St, 8am - 8pm.    List of all places of interest - HERE (As at 10am Sunday)   If you're not already a Lert Info member, it's free to register and get exclusive push alerts sent straight to you in real time. They could save your life. www.lert.info      

  • 0 2 New Cases of Covid. Raglan and Hamilton East.

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    Two new Covid cases have been confirmed. One in Ragland and the other in Hamilton East. If you feel unwell with cold or flu like  symptoms, here is a list of testing locations https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19/ If you want information much faster why not become a Lert Info Member, it's FREE - www.lert.info

  • 0 Big Jump In Covid Cases

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    Source - SpinOff Cases have jumped 45 today(Wednesday) 12 cases a mystery 33 have been linked. The Kelston Mall was visited on Monday by and infected person and people that visited the Mall 2pm to 2:30pm are advised to get tested. Full Story   Locations of Interest     Join the Lert Community for free and receive exclusive push alerts for all sorts of important information for your location. It's FREE - www.lert.info  

  • 0 New Phone Scam Taking Advantage of Online Shoppers

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      Article from Stuff.co.nz Mobile users being deluged with scam texts, 2degrees and Vodafone NZ warn Tom Pullar-Strecker10:29, Sep 29 2021   SUPPLIED One 2degrees customer reported receiving 14 different scam messages overnight. Mobile phone users are receiving large volumes of scam texts telling them they need to click on a link to have a delivery redirected, 2degrees and Vodafone are warning. 2degrees spokeswoman Andrea Brady said the scam was not unusual but the number of texts being sent out was “quite out of the ordinary”. Vodafone spokeswoman Nicky Preston said its customers were also receiving an unusually large number of scam texts.   It appeared that some people’s phones were sending the scam messages to contacts in their address book, which suggests the possibility of malware and could account for the scale of the issue.   Both companies understood Spark customers were also being targeted. “Everyone is being hit at the moment,” Brady said.   Spark has been contacted for comment. The messages appeared to start on Tuesday afternoon and many customers had received multiple scam texts overnight, Brady said. 2degrees and Vodafone cautioned people not to click on the links in the texts. TOM PULLAR-STRECKER/STUFF Vodafone NZ believes the scam messages are being propagated by customers’ phones sending out the texts to contacts in their address book, but says details are still being investigated. The scam texts were being sent from a “whole range of different numbers” which 2degrees was seeking to block, Brady said. One customer reported 14 different scam texts overnight, Brady said. She understood government cyber-security agency Cert NZ was looking at the issue. Cert NZ has been approached for comment. Preston said Vodafone was seeking to take down the websites that the scammers were directing people to visit. Vodafone believed phone customers overseas had experienced similar issues. Brady assumed scammers were seeking to take advantage of the increase in online shopping during the current Covid restrictions.

  • 0 Covid Update Noon Tuesday 24th at 1pm

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    Covid update Tuesday 24th at 1pm    Places Of Interest increasing steadily with the odd spike. We send alerts for these in the hope that IF you were at a location we may help you know sooner. Please Note: Because of the way are system is configured, Covid alerts fall under our “Public” alerts.  To ensure as many subscribers are alerted  we use our High level setting because this is a fast developing situation. If you don’t want these alerts, just ignore them. If you cancel your registration, you stop all alerts, including for events like recent Canterbury and Westport flooding. People have told us we were crucial for their information flow and we were an immense help and reassurance.     New Places of Interest – These have increased by over 100 in the last 24hours. Check them here https://bit.ly/2Xy7Ubs New Cases . - A total 41, of which 3 are in Wellington and 38 in Auckland.  The majority in the Auckland cluster are from the Samoan community. Vaccinations - Over 60,000 were done yesterday Contact Tracing- There are still 5000 to be contacted. The team of contact tracers is now 900 throughout NZ . By using your app, is makes it MUCH faster if you need to be contacted. Delta is Tricky – Dr Bloomfield spoke with his Australian counterpart last night and the two of them agree delta is like a whole new virus and very different to our first outbreak. Testing- if you need to get a test because you are unwell, have cold symptoms or are a close contact, you need your NHI number which will be on your Tracer App or you can go online to https://bit.ly/3D62Knn  Lert Info is New Zealand's only dedicated alert service. We provide alerts that no other operation does. Check it out- www.lert.info you could find it useful.

  • 0 Covid Update as at 1pm Sunday Aug 22nd

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    One of the key announcements today is how infectious the Delta variant is. A person that gets Covid is contagious within 24hrs. Remember that a person may not show signs for several days. This Newshub article  has more information  https://bit.ly/3D6ocIP So if a person is infectious and doesn’t show symptoms for 3days it may mean they have been spreading it for at least a day. Also it is 2.5 times more infectious that the first strain we had.   Auckland should prepare for a longer lockdown. The Minister did not say how much the period would be extended. 1 million people are now FULLY vaccinated. If you want a vaccination you must book first.-  https://bookmyvaccine.covid19.health.nz/ There are 21 new cases, 20 in Auckland and 1 in Wellington who was already counted yesterday afternoon. There are another 8000 close contacts and these people need to get tested ASAP. Contacting is being carried out but has been made difficult by people not signing in manually or with the tracer app. Testing locations are  at https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19/ The “Places of Interest “ are now going to be updated every 2hrs. It should be every odd hour on the hour for today. As at 1pm it stands at 276 https://bit.ly/2Xy7Ubs Registering when you go into business will become mandatory in future, whether by app or manually. Businesses will be responsible for ensuring this. Just to end, we are sending many alerts, specifically for covid each day. Many are also exclusive. The only way to get these is to register at www.lert.info  Added to your other sources you will be one of the better informed people. There are free and paid options.

  • 0 Brand New Map Tool

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    We have created a brand new map tool you may find useful for  "Places of Interest" This is a trial for our very specific future plans. Periodically we will update it as it is quite a job to make it automatically update. The process of the maps is someone being interested in the Devonport location. It shows the premises name and the time period of exposure You can zoom in on the map to individual pins (purple) and get the place and time. This is being set up for future plans we have for our service when our app comes out so we thought we'd try it now. Feel free to share it. There are buttons on the left. Map link - https://bit.ly/3sD2ZRY If you want to be first in line for the App which we may launch around November, just join for free at www.lert.info      


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