In Northland, information on where our Community Based Testing Centres are located can be found here, and this information is updated regularly.
You will be asked questions including your name, date of birth, your address, and about where you work. This information will be shared with public health and others involved in monitoring COVID-19
You will have a swab taken from your nose or throat; this can be uncomfortable
This swab is sent to an Auckland laboratory for testing
Results take around five days to come back
You will be given a fact sheet at the point of screening and can ask any questions you might have
If you are being tested as you have shown symptoms or are a close contact of someone who has tested positive, you should continue to act as though you have COVID-19 and self-isolate until you're notified of your results.
Even if your test is negative, if you have cold or flu-like symptoms please stay home until you have been feeling well again for at least 24 hours.
Remember, just because someone tests negative for COVID-19, does not mean they are safe from catching the virus in the future - they will still need to practice safe hygiene and social distancing, and stay home if they develop symptoms again or come in to close contact with a confirmed or probable case.
For a person to be recovered from COVID-19, they must meet the following criteria: