Testing remains fundamental to our Covi-19 response
A combination of very low rates of influenza-like illness (currently 10 – 20% of normal rates) and people declining Covid-19 tests, is making it more difficult for health authorities to maintain a sufficient level of testing. A high rate of testing helps to give confidence there is no community transmission.
If anyone has symptoms but is unsure if they have been exposed to Covid-19, they should ring Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or their GP for advice. Everyone is encouraged to get tested, if advised to do so.
Whereas previously people being tested were required to stay away from work or school/learning until their result had come through, this is unlikely to be required under the current testing guidelines. If the person being tested is not a close contact of confirmed cases, has not recently travelled overseas, or has not been in contact with recent travellers, there is no need to self-isolate while awaiting the test result. They can return to school once they are feeling well or on the advice of their health practitioner.
Further information about testing can be found on the Ministry of Health website.