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COVID-19 testing

Updated 21 Dec 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 250 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 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 - Week 33

19 August 2020

We tested a large number of samples for SARS-CoV-2 from Thursday last week onwards. Test numbers for other respiratory viruses remain steady and no Influenza or RSV has been found...

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Waikato Respiratory Virus Report - Week 32

11 August 2020

Respiratory viral diversity has been bottlenecked during the COVID level 3 and 4 shutdown and has not yet recovered. Influenza and RSV remain absent.

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Waikato Respiratory Virus Report - Week 30

30 July 2020

Influenza A and RSV remain absent. A few weakly positive SARS-CoV-2 results have been found in travellers in managed isolation facilities.

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Waikato Respiratory Virus Report - week 28

17 July 2020

Respiratory virus testing numbers have fallen off. Ther is some rhinovirus around, but no Influenza, RSV or SARS-CoV-2.

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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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Waikato Respiratory Virus Report 2020 Week 53

6 January 2021

The following major respiratory viral pathogens are absent from the Waikato community: Influenza A, Influenza B, RSV, SARS-CoV-2.

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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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