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COVID-19 testing

Updated 11 Feb 2021

The earlier we can spot a new COVID outbreak, the smaller we can keep it; every day counts.  So we encourage people to come and get tested if they have a respiratory illness like a cold or sore throat.  COVID specimen numbers in the Waikato are running at about 200 a day and we could comfortably test 1000 if needed.  Please refer to national guidance on who to test. Locations where people can get tested in the community over Christmas and New Year are shown here.

Lab testing is done 7 days a week.  Expected turnaround time is  <48 hours and is usually <24 hr for specimens collected at Waikato Hospital.  Selected cases may be tested urgently between the hours 08:00 and 22:00 by phoned request, but our capacity is limited to 4 or 5 urgent cases each day.   It is best to walk the specimen to the lab for urgent testing like this.  Turnaround time for rapid testing is <2 hours.

ICU, HDU and Haem/Oncology:  please phone 98606 to request.  All other locations: please phone the Clinical Microbiologist on duty 027 2905255 to request

 

 

Dr Chris Mansell

Clinical Microbiologist

 

 

Latest laboratory specimen collection information can be found here

Waikato Respiratory Virus 2020 Week 40

8 October 2020

Specimen numbers for routine testing continue to decline. 1901 samples were tested for SARS-CoV-2 over the week ended Sunday 4 October and there were no positives from the Waikato community.

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Waikato Respiratory Virus 2020 Week 39

29 September 2020

Influenza and RSV seem unlikely to cause seasonal epidemics this year.

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Waikato Respiratory Virus Report 2020 Week 37

16 September 2020

Specimen numbers for routine testing continue to fall, suggesting that seasonal respiratory viral illness is heading towards low, summer levels.

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Waikato Respiratory Virus Report 2020 Week 36

9 September 2020

Testing has quietened down after the recent COVID-19 cases in Tokoroa and we still have no Influenza or RSV.

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Waikato Respiratory Report - Week 34

25 August 2020

SARS-CoV-2 testing has been very active in the Waikato over the past 2 weeks, after a new cluster was found in Auckland and some cases had already travelled to the Waikato.

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Waikato Respiratory Virus Report 2021 Week 7

26 February 2021

No Influenza or RSV, but there are low numbers of Rhinovirus/Enterovirus present.

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Waikato Respiratory Virus Report 2021 Week 5

11 February 2021

Respiratory virus test numbers have declined and are at summer levels.

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Waikato Respiratory Virus Report 2021 Week 1

14 January 2021

Quiet, summer pattern. No Influenza, RSV or COVID.

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