COVID-19 testing available over Labour Weekend

23 October 2020

Taranaki DHB will have COVID-19 testing available throughout the long weekend, aimed specifically for people with symptoms and those wanting reassurance of their health if they’ve recently travelled out of the region.

Medical officer of health, Dr Jonathan Jarman says although some people will get to enjoy a well-earned break over Labour Weekend, COVID-19 doesn’t take breaks.

“We all need to continue being vigilant over Labour Weekend to stop the spread of the virus which has been in our own community recently and is active in other parts of New Zealand right now.

“If you’re travelling away this long weekend please take precautions! Keep up with good hygiene practices, including wearing face coverings if you’re using public transport like planes, buses or boats.

“I strongly recommend using the NZ COVID Tracer app to record your whereabouts.  The recent example of a confirmed case visiting a pub in Auckland shows how easily a large number of people could catch the virus.  If it was you at the pub you would want to know as quickly as possible.

“And if you are unwell stay home and do not travel. If you become unwell whilst travelling and need a test, get it done straight away, don’t wait until you get home. If you’re in another region and not sure where to go, call Healthline to find a testing centre,” says Dr Jarman.

Testing will be available in Taranaki over the long weekend for anyone with symptoms at the following locations and times:

  • Base Hospital, New Plymouth – Saturday, Sunday and Labour Day, 9am-1pm. Please call/text in advance: 027 380 1433.
  • MediCross Urgent Care & GP Clinic, New Plymouth – Saturday, Sunday and Labour Day 10am-4pm. Please call to book an appointment: (06) 759 8915
  • Hāwera Hospital – Saturday, Sunday and Labour Day 9am-1pm. Please call/text in advance 027 380 0894.

There is NO CHARGE for testing, it is FREE.



Last updated: Friday, October 23, 2020

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