February 18, 2021
High test numbers ease COVID fears
More than 27,000 people across the northern region have undergone COVID-19 test since Auckland went to Alert Level 3 on Sunday.
This includes 4023 Māori and 7302 Pacific.
The region includes the Northland, Waitematā, Auckland and Counties Manukau DHB areas, with a combined population of more than 1.8 million.
Counties Manukau Health CEO Margie Apa says the high volume of testing should provide reassurance with every effort was being made to detect COVID-19 in the community.
Six positive cases have been confirmed through close contact tracing.
Ms Apa says a pop-up testing centre at Papatoetoe High School will remain open this weekend and nearby community testing centres will be operating extended hours to ensure the school community has convenient access to testing.
Everyone in the school community â€“ staff, students and household members â€“ has been asked to get a test.
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