We have COVID-19 Community Based Testing Clinics throughout Northland for testing all people who have symptoms or have travelled and become unwell or developed symptoms.
Who should get tested?
A COVID-19 Community Based Testing Clinic is for testing all people who have symptoms and have travelled overseas or been exposed to a case of covid-19 in the last two weeks and become unwell or developed symptoms.
COVID-19 symptoms include a Fever OR at least one of the following symptoms: Shortness of Breath, Cough or Sore Throat.
To get coronavirus from someone requires close contact. This is why when people are waiting to be tested; they are advised to observe physical distancing. This means that each family or person stands around two meters away from another person.
Please feel free to wait in your car. A staff member will let you know when it is your turn.
The staff we have moving around to support people while they wait are not with any one person long enough to be at risk of catching COVID-19.
Our staff members who are taking the swabs for testing are wearing full PPE – a mask, gloves, gowns, and eye protection which is the same protection we advise in primary care.
Patients are given written advice about when to expect their results and what to do next. Most results will be sent out via text message, with other options available to people who don’t have a mobile phone. We expect the test results to take five days to be available.
Click here to view where Community Testing Centres are located and to see who will be tested.