Get tested immediately if you have symptoms
As we move through the COVID Protection Framework it is essential that we stay home and get tested if we have any COVID-19 symptoms, even if it’s only a runny nose.
If you have cold or flu-like symptoms or have been at a location of interest at a relevant time, you should get a COVID-19 test.
Residents or visitors can contact 0800 VIRUS-19 (0800 847 8719) or book a test through your GP. Please do not attend the Emergency Department to seek a test. Testing is FREE.
If you are symptomatic, you should stay home (or at your accommodation) until a negative result is returned and you are symptom-free. If you have been at a location of interest you will need to stay in self-isolation, regardless of your test result, and follow public health advice. Please continue to comply with Alert Level guidelines.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms for COVID-19 may include:
- a fever (high temperature)
- a cough
- shortness of breath or trouble breathing
- a sore throat
- sneezing and a runny or dripping nose
- a temporary loss of sense of smell
- muscle aches and chills
Less common symptoms may include:
- muscle pain or body aches
- confusion or irritability
These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19. The symptoms are like other illnesses that are much more common, such as colds and flu.
Shortness of breath is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention.
If you have any of these symptoms, contact your doctor, Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or your iwi health provider.