Testing centres in Lakes DHB expecting a busy day
13/08/2020 10:31:28 a.m.

Thursday 13 August 2020

Testing centres in Lakes DHB expecting a busy day

Lakes DHB is encouraging anyone with symptoms to go along to its COVID testing centres in testing centres in Rotorua and Taupō and have a test.

Two of the cases from Auckland confirmed to have COVID travelled to the Lakes DHB area over the weekend. Toi Te Ora Public Health and the National Contact Tracing Centre are following up all the contacts in the places the visitors went to and will be informing people of what they need to do.

More than 500 people had COVID tests at Rotorua and Taupō yesterday.

At the Vaughan Road centre in Rotorua, some 389 people received a test during the hours of 9am-4pm, and at the Miro Street centre in Taupō 165 people were tested.

The hours of operation for the testing centres have been extended, and both centres in Rotorua and Taupō are now open from 9am-4pm seven days a week.

For the next four days, a second or pop-up test centre is open at the Rotorua International Stadium on Devon St West, again during the hours of 9am-4pm.

In Turangi a community testing station run during the middle of the day on Wednesday completed 67 test swabs. Further drop in testing is available at Turangi - a testing station will be run next to the Turangi Community Health Centre 10am-2pm today (Thursday) and then on Friday, 10am-12noon, in the carpark opposite Turangi Police Station.

Like most of New Zealand, people in the Lakes DHB area are now at Alert Level 2. The key messages for Alert Level 2 are:
• keep your distance from other people in public
• wash your hands
• sneeze and cough into your elbow
• keep a track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen
• wear a mask if you can.

If you're unwell
• If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.
• If you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline and get advice about being tested, or go along to the testing centres.
• If you have been told to self-isolate you must do so immediately.

For more information contact: Sue Wilkie Communications Officer or Shan Tapsell Assistant Communications Officer Phone (07) 349 7944 or mobile 027 242 3652