COVID-19 testing continues in Taranaki despite low demand

12 June 2020

The demand for COVID-19 testing has slowed down in Taranaki, but is still available seven days a week for people with symptoms of the virus.

Taranaki DHB’s Incident Management Team controller, Becky Jenkins, says people can access testing centres in Taranaki by calling or texting in advance to discuss test options.

“We encourage people with symptoms to contact the testing centre first and discuss your needs with the team who will then arrange an appropriate time for you to come in, or find a solution for testing if you cannot access one of the centres.”

Testing remains free of charge and people can access a test if they meet the current case definition for COVID-19 which includes symptoms of a cough, high temperature (at least 38°C), shortness of breath, sore throat, sneezing and runny nose or temporary loss of smell.

Ms Jenkins emphasises the centres are for COVID-19 swab testing only and do not provide any other medical treatment.

“We have trained staff in our centres to assist with COVID-19 swabbing only. These staff will not be offering any other health advice or treatment, including influenza or other immunisation vaccinations. People will need to contact their general practice, doctor or pharmacy for this.”

Testing centres are open in the following locations:

NEW PLYMOUTH - Base Hospital, David Street, Westown, New Plymouth
Located in the old St Johns Ambulance building (Lorna Street/Gate 3 entrance)
Open 7 days, 9am-1pm, phone/text: 027 380 1433

HAWERA
Please phone/text 027 380 0894

WAITARA - Waitara Health Centre, 26 Grey Street, Waitara
Monday - Friday, 8.30am–5.30pm, phone: (06) 754 8119

OPUNAKE - Opunake Health Centre/Coastal Care, 26 Napier Street, Opunake
Monday - Friday, 8.30am–4.30pm, phone: (06) 761 7324

A total of 7124 tests have been completed in Taranaki as of 11 June, and Ms Jenkins says while the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and transmission in Taranaki and throughout New Zealand is very low, COVID-19 is still uncontrolled overseas.

“We always want to stay ahead of the risk of a second wave of COVID-19 so we’re asking our community to remain vigilant with hygiene measures like washing hands, coughing or sneezing into your elbow and staying home if you’re unwell.”

 

 

Last updated: Friday, June 12, 2020

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