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There is currently COVID-19 in our community which means some changes to our hospitals and clinics. Find out moreAs always, we're here if you need us.

Do I need a COVID-19 test?

The testing criteria has been updated in our region to ensure the right people in our communities have access to tests.

You only need to be tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms, have been identified as a close contact, or have been told to by a health official.

Currently, the only people who need to be tested are those who:

  • have COVID-19 symptoms (e.g. a fever, new or worsening cough, sore or scratchy throat, shortness of breath, sneezing and running nose);
  • are a close contact of someone who has COVID-19;
  • have had a positive Rapid Antigen Test;
  • are required to have a test under a mandatory testing order (e.g. a border or MIQ worker);
  • work directly with COVID-19 patients;
  • are attending a procedure or appointment at a public hospital, and have been asked to get a test; or
  • have been told to get a test by a Health Official  

We know people may be feeling anxious with increased case numbers in the community, but we need to ensure the right people get access to testing.

If you have no symptoms of COVID-19 and do not meet any other criteria, you do not need to be tested and may be turned away from community testing centres.

Once you have a test, you are also required to stay home until you get a negative result. Although most results are returned within 1-2 days, results can take longer so please be patient.

For up-to-date information on testing locations in Auckland, visit 

You can also contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

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