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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

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:

  • 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.