Dr Anna Meuli - Should you be tested?

Dr Anna Meuli GP Liaison for Hauora Tairāwhiti provided an update today on the local response to the worrying news that COVID-19 has had a resurgence via a new community cluster in Auckland.


  • We are urgently increasing our capacity for testing in Tairāwhiti to make sure the right people get tested as soon as possible.
  • If you have any potential COVID-19 symptoms – cough, breathlessness, sore throat, runny nose, loss of taste or smell – we want you to get tested.
  • Testing is particularly important if you have travelled out of the region in the last 14 days.
  • Please phone your GP, and they will assess you over the phone to check on your health and arrange testing if needed.
  • GPs will see you in their practice if required or refer you to a nurse-led swabbing centre.
  • The swabbing service will contact you with an appointment. It is not a walk-in service.
  • Please be patient as they have had a large volume of requests.
  • Swabbing will be available all weekend.
  • Make sure you stay at home while awaiting the results of your swab.
  • If you must go out – for your appointment or to get food or essential supplies – wear a mask and maintain social distancing.
  • If you don’t have any symptoms you don’t need to be tested even if you have travelled out of town.
  • If you have specific concerns, please contact Healthline  0800 358 5403 for advice.
  • The best thing we can all do now to protect our whānau and community is to wash our hands frequently and maintain physical distancing of 1-2 metres. If this is not possible or if you have symptoms, wear a mask.
  • Please download the COVID tracker app and register everywhere you have been.
  • If we are unlucky enough to get a case in Tairāwhiti, we must be able to find people quickly that we need to test and contain the virus.

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