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COVID-19 testing

Updated 09/11/2020

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 300 a day and we could comfortably test 1000 if needed.  Please refer to national guidance on who to test. 

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 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

Clinical Update from Pathlab - Sputum Cytology Specimens

12 November 2019

Sputum Cytology Specimens Nov 2019

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NewWaikato Repiratory Virus Report - Week 40

9 October 2019

We are now in the “summer season”, with very small amounts of Influenza A and RSV still circulating. This will be the last report for 2019.

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Waikato Respiratory Virus Report 2019 - Week 37

18 September 2019

Respiratory virus numbers are low now, with rhinoviruses and enteroviruses predominating.

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Waikato Respiratory Virus Report 2019 - Week 35

18 September 2019

Graphs show the relative timing of Influenza seasons form 2011 to 2019.

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Waikato Respiratory Virus Report 2019 - Week 33

23 August 2019

RSV is declining a little.

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Latest News

Waikato Respiratory Virus Report Week 47

25 November 2020

We’re seeing a wide diversity of respiratory viruses in the Waikato at present and anecdotally increased numbers of children presenting with more severe illness. The traditional Influenza and RSV are still absent.

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Waikato Respiratory Virus 2020 Week 45

9 November 2020

Rhinoviruses, seasonal coronaviruses and adenoviruses are present but Influenza, RSV and SARS-CoV-2 are not circulating in the Waikato. Thank you for continuing to send in swabs for COVID-19 testing.

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Waikato Respiratory Virus 2020 Week 43

27 October 2020

It’s summer season for viruses already and we are seeing just a few rhinovirus and adenovirus.

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