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.