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COVID-19 testing urged in Canterbury following recent wastewater detections

Wednesday, November 3, 2021   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: vaccination, disease, prevention

Canterbury DHB media release: 1st November 2021

It’s important Cantabrians who have any COVID-19 symptoms – no matter how mild – seek a test with the Ministry of Health confirming the detection of COVID-19 in two new wastewater samples collected in Christchurch on Friday (29th October 2021).

Over the weekend more than 5,400 COVID-19 swabs were carried out at our testing sites and via general practice teams across the Canterbury community. It’s important these high testing rates continue because of the recently reported cases and new wastewater detections.

Free COVID-19 testing also continues to be available at some general practices, and at our three Community-Based Testing Centres (CBTC).

The current testing options available in the community have good capacity to respond to high demand throughout the region.

COVID-19 CBTCs in Christchurch and Canterbury

  • Orchard Road: 174 Orchard Road (near the Airport - off Harewood Road). Open 9am to late (as required), 7 days a week.
  • Whānau Ora Community Clinic: 250 Pages Road (Wainoni). Open 9am to 4pm, 7 days a week.
  • Ashburton Hospital: 28 Elizabeth Street (Ashburton). Open 10am to 2pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

You can check if their GP can provide COVID-19 testing on the HealthPoint website or by calling them.

Canterbury DHB’s Emergency Coordination Centre Controller, Tracey Maisey says anyone who is displaying any COVID-19 symptoms or has visited a location of interest is encouraged to attend.

Find out about the latest COVID-19 locations of interest (Ministry of Health).

“No appointment is necessary and testing is free for everyone. You don’t need a referral to attend a testing centre and you can drive-up or walk-in,” says Tracey.

Please be aware though that if it’s busy you may have to wait for your test. While not essential, we recommend you take your NHI number with you, which can speed up the process. Please arrive at least half an hour before the facility closes.

Get the latest information on testing in Canterbury.

Gettting your COVID-19 Vaccinations

The Canterbury DHB is also reminding people that there are plenty of places to get vaccinated if they have not already.

It’s important that we continue to improve vaccination coverage across Canterbury, as high vaccination rates will help protect our communities and keep people safe.

Over 91 percent of our eligible population has now received at least one dose. We’re urging anyone yet to receive their vaccinations to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their whānau and our community.  

Fina out about COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Canterbury, including multiple walk-in options.

There are currently 100+ community vaccination clinics open throughout Canterbury, many open weekends and late nights. You do not need to book for most of them.

You can book your vaccination online at bookmyvaccine or call 0800 28 29 26 - if you prefer a fixed time.

The more of us who are fully vaccinated, the more protection we will have against COVID-19, and the more freedom this gives us.