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Get tested

It is free to get a COVID-19 test. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms however mild you should get a test. You may be asked to get tested even if you do not have symptoms of COVID-19. 

If you need to get a test, call 0 800 VIRUS-19 (0800 847 8719) or check Healthpoint for details of the nearest testing service and find out when they are open.

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. 

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:

  • diarrhoea
  • headache
  • muscle pain or body aches
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • 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.

Drive through/walk-in testing centres

You can find more information about centres on WellSouth's website.