• Patrick McBride

WCDHB to start further mobile COVID-19 sentinel testing on the Coast

More Covid-19 testing on the West Coast.

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West Coast DHB will be undertaking COVID-19 sentinel testing in Reefton and Springs Junction tomorrow, 5 May 2020, says Medical Officer of Health Dr Cheryl Brunton.

Residents from these two communities who want to be tested can head along to their nearest mobile testing station. No referral needed and the health board are interested in testing people with or without COVID-19 symptoms.

“If you are planning to come along, we ask that you stay in your car and our staff will come to you to get your details and answer any questions before you are tested. This will involve inserting a long swab (like an extended cotton bud) up one of your nostrils so a sample can be taken from the back of your nose/throat.” Brunton said.

Reefton’s testing station will be operating from 8.30am to 10.30am at the Reefton Racecourse’s Sports Complex building on Racecourse Road, Reefton and Springs Junction residents will find the mobile unit at the G.A.S Station carpark on State Highway 7, Springs Junction between 1.00pm and 2.30pm.

“Sentinel testing helps us develop a better understanding of how and where COVID-19 is on the Coast and throughout New Zealand. We are currently finalising our plans for when and where future sentinel testing will take place across the Coast and will provide further information to the community shortly,” Dr Brunton says.