| 12 May 2020

Drive through community testing in Waimate

The South Canterbury DHB will be carrying out community surveillance testing of asymptomatic people in Waimate this week.

South Canterbury DHB, Chief Executive Nigel Trainor said we will be testing a snapshot of the Waimate population to make sure there are no undetected COVID-19 cases in the Waimate District.

“We are encouraging as many people as possible with no symptoms to get tested on Thursday. Everyone is welcome between 11am and 1pm at the COVID-19 Pop-up Testing Clinic”, says Nigel.

Waimate COVID-19 Pop-up Testing Clinic

  • Drive through clinic
  • Thursday 14 May 2020
  • 11am – 1pm
  • Waimate Event Centre, 15 Paul Street, Waimate
  • Please bring your NZ Driver license or passport

“We thank the Waimate community in advance for getting tested and playing a part in providing assurance that there is no undetected community transmission, in order to prevent further spread”, says Nigel.

How to protect yourself and prevent the spread of COVID-19

South Canterbury DHB continues to remind the public that the best way they can help with the COVID-19 response is to:

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with tissues
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds) and dry thoroughly
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell (stay at least 2 metres away)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Avoid personal contact with sick people, such as kissing and sharing cups or food
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs
  • If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise
  • Practice low-touch shopping. Do not handle things you are not buying, keep your distance, be aware of how you are touching things like bank cards, money, ATMs and Eftpos machines. Wash your hands after touching things like this as soon as you can
  • We are all in this together and it is important as a community we remember to be kind to each other, and to check up on friends, family and neighbours, by using the phone, online messaging, or just chatting over the fence while following the physical distancing guidelines of a safe two-metre distance
  • Practice physical distancing, when you know the people around you well and can recall who they are (in case needed for contact tracing purposes), you should maintain a distance of at least 1 metre. When you don't know the people around you - such as out in public or at a supermarket - you should maintain a distance of at least 2 metres as an extra precaution.

Media contact:

Karen Berry
Communications Manager
South Canterbury District Health Board
P: 03 687 2395 | M: 021 139 7442