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Clarification on updated testing advice from the MOH

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The MoH has made a change to the guidance for community testing that has been extended until 01 Nov 2020. This impacts pregnant or recently pregnant women living in the Auckland region that covers the 3 DHB geographical areas; Waitemata, Auckland and Counties Manukau.

Pregnant and recently pregnant women do not need to be routinely tested. As with other individuals who fall into the higher-risk groups, if a pregnant or recently pregnant woman presents to a General Practice or Urgent Care in the Auckland region requiring clinical care, the clinician will have a conversation with the patient and talk through the testing guidance, and may be offered a test. If they present to a community-based assessment centre in Auckland, they should not be turned away. 

Testing places around New Zealand can be found on the website; https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-health-advice-public/assessment-and-testing-covid-19#auckland

It is critical that all individuals who present with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, as well as those that meet HIS criteria and have atypical symptoms, irrespective of region are tested. Some symptomatic people will need to self-isolate as per guidance on the website. However, even if they don’t have to self-isolate, people with symptoms should remain at home as much as possible until they are well.

The table below will provide guidance around the testing of asymptomatic people.

WhoAction
Does not have symptoms of COVID-19. Does not meet HIS criteria but are:
·        Health workers, including Aged Residential Care workers
·        Hospitality workers, including hotel, restaurant staff
·        Public-facing tourism workers
·        Public-facing transport workers (e.g. bus, taxi, Uber)
·        Close contact of border worker groups
Offer testing if they present to your service.

No need to self-isolate while awaiting test result.
In the Auckland region:

Does not have symptoms of COVID-19. Does not meet HIS criteria but is at greater risk of poor health outcomes if they were to contract COVID-19:
·        Mâori
·        Pasifika
·        Seniors
·        Pregnant and recently pregnant women# #’Recently pregnant’ is defined as within 6 weeks of birth, miscarriage, or termination.
Pre-existing conditions (for example: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes.)

Offer testing if they present to your service.

No need to self-isolate while awaiting test result.