Greater than 50,000 folks have been examined for Covid-19 in Auckland because the first group case within the newest outbreak was introduced on Tuesday.
Within the final three days there have been 14,000 nasal swabs taken at group testing centres, round 30,000 at common observe and pressing care clinics and 8000 by DHBs.
The largest day ever for testing within the metropolis occurred on Thursday with greater than 24,000 swabs taken – a 50 % improve on the earlier busiest day in August final yr when 16,000 folks had been swabbed.
Northern Area Well being Coordination Centre lead (and Counties Manukau Well being chief government) Fepulea’i Margie Apa thanked everybody concerned within the response.
“Testing performs an important position in managing Covid-19 in our communities,” Apa stated.
“This enormous variety of assessments in such a brief area of time highlights the laborious work that our testing employees within the Northern Area, group and first well being care employees, together with Māori and Pacific suppliers and pressing care clinics, healthcare staff, laboratory staff and DHB employees have put in to assist shortly establish any new instances. I’m extremely pleased with everybody concerned.”
Apa additionally thanked the general public for his or her persistence, including that the file demand has put monumental strain on testing centres.
Employees had been working laborious to arrange additional testing centres however within the meantime some had endured prolonged waits.
Apa stated the NRHCC had doubled the variety of group testing centres within the area over the past three days together with plenty of pop up centres. Additional testing employees have been deployed to the centres and site visitors administration was in place, supported by police.
Apa additionally recognised the efforts of laboratory groups throughout the town to course of samples.
The quantity of swabs needing to be processed has additionally led to some delays in turnaround occasions for check outcomes. Additional employees have been rostered on to assist handle the massive variety of assessments and labs in different components of the nation are serving to the Auckland laboratories.
Apa stated: “As we head into the weekend I encourage folks to remain calm and observe our public well being recommendation to solely get a check when you had been in a location of curiosity on the acknowledged occasions or you have got signs. Testing might be out there throughout Auckland this weekend.”
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