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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 Report 2020 - Week 7

18 February 2020

We are still in the “summer season”, with very little Influenza, RSV or other viruses circulating.

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Waikato Respiratory Virus Report 2019 - Week 22

5 June 2019

Influenza numbers continue to rise and are now comparable to last year’s peak. 37% of people tested have either Influenza A and B and would benefit from oseltamivir.

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Waikato Respiratory Virus Report 2019 - Week 19

14 May 2019

We are now in early winter virus season.

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Waikato Respiratory Virus Report - 2019 Week 14

11 April 2019

Respiratory viruses detected remain at summer levels but a small amount of Influenza A iscirculating in the Waikato.

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Waikato Respiratory Virus Report - Week 42

8 November 2018

Specimen numbers continue to decline. Respiratory virus activity is now at summer levels. Rhinoviruses and a few Coronaviruses are still circulating.

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Latest News

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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