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COVID-19 testing

Updated 5 Oct 2021

A number of cases of COVID-19 have been found in the Raglan and suburban Hamilton areas.  A testing programme is under way to determine whether the extend of its' spread so far.  One case presented with a classical "Influenza Like Illness" cough, fever and body aches. But there is no Influenza Virus present in the Waikato.  So we encourage people to come and get tested if they have a respiratory illness, whether a cold or sore throat, a major flu-like illness or abdominal pain with fever. Public Health will also recommend testing of selected asymptomatic people.

Please refer to national guidance on who should be tested. Locations where people can get tested in the community 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 stat (GeneXpert) but our capacity is limited to 10 or 20 cases each day.   It is best to walk the specimen to the lab so it can be recognised as needing rapid testing, and turnaround time is <2 hours. 

 

 

Dr Chris Mansell

Clinical Microbiologist

 

 

Latest laboratory specimen collection information can be found here

Waikato Respiratory Virus Report Week 51

22 December 2020

A variety of respiratory viruses are circulating in the Waikato but Influenza, RSV and SARS-CoV-2 remain absent.

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Gentamicin Monitoring

21 December 2020

Supply of gentamicin level monitoring test reagents has been interrupted and we may suddenly be unable to test it at all. A new supply is expected later in January.

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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.

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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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Waikato Respiratory Virus Report 2021 Week 39

5 October 2021

Initial COVID outbreak figures shown. RSV undead.

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Waikato Respiratory Virus Report 2021 Week 37

21 September 2021

Four cases of COVID-19 have been found in the Upper Hauraki community, acquired directly from a case who had travelled from Auckland.

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Waikato Respiratory Virus Report 2021 Week 36

14 September 2021

Rhinovirus and Parainfluenzavirus 3 are still circulating despite recent Level 4 and 3 lockdowns.

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