| 20 May 2020

South Canterbury COVID-19 Testing Update

Altogether 2,769 COVID-19 tests have been competed in South Canterbury as at the 17 May 2020. Of the 2,769 tests completed 99.42% have been negative and 0.58% have been positive.

The South Canterbury DHB has performed targeted testing focusing on the below:

  • Health care workers working in aged care facilities
  • Health Care workers from the COVID-19 Testing Clinic and COVID-19 Ward
  • Essential workers
  • Maori and Pacific people

The South Canterbury DHB have also held pop-up community testing clinics in the Mackenzie Country and Waimate. All of the targeted testing and community surveillance results received up to the 17 May 2020 have been negative.

Now we are in Alert Level 2, we need to be even more vigilant with more people circulating around South Canterbury. We ask the South Canterbury community to maintain the good habits we have learned since lockdown and practice the below:

  • most importantly - if you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise
  • keep your distance from other people when you’re out in public, including on transport
  • if you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline immediately and get tested
  • good hand hygiene will continue to be a simple and effective tool to keep COVID-19 at bay
  • keep your social gatherings to a maximum of 10 people at once
  • keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help with contact tracing if we need it.

Keep up the great work and stay safe everyone!

Media contact:

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