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Business surveillance testing

As part of the Ministry of Health’s targeted approach to COVID-19 testing in Auckland, businesses permitted to operate in higher alert levels are being requested to take part in testing of their workforce.  

Due to the nature of their jobs, people who are permitted to work in Alert Level 3 and 4, mix with a lot more people. Voluntary testing of these workers will help us gain increased assurance that we are finding any undetected cases of Delta in our community.

What does this mean?

We are asking workers who have no COVID-19 symptoms to undertake two COVID-19 tests, at least five days apart, over the next two weeks. This testing is voluntary.

Workers who have already had a test since we entered Alert Level 3 are requested to have another test at least five days since the first.

This testing will take place over the next couple of weeks and its purpose is to help ensure that Auckland can move down Alert Levels as quickly and as safely as possible.

Workers who have no symptoms do not need to isolate while they await their test result and will be able to continue their normal daily life under Alert Level 3 restrictions.

Any groups already undertaking surveillance testing, such as workers crossing alert level boundaries or border workers, do not need to participate in this additional testing. 

Getting your workforce tested

On the vouchers (Essential business: Alert Level 4 voucher, Permitted business: Alert Level 3 voucher) we have provided separate codes for:

The code indicates that the worker doesn’t have any symptoms of COVID-19 and is part of our targeted surveillance testing. 

DESIGNATION

WORKING DURING:

CODE

Essential Worker

Alert Level 4

SURV-EWORK

Permitted Worker

Alert Level 3

SURV-AL3B

Your staff should take the appropriate voucher (Alert Level 3 Voucher, Alert Level 4 Voucher) to any of our community testing centres, their GP or any urgent care centre. An up-to-date list of community testing centres in Auckland is available at: www.arphs.health.nz/covid19test or https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19/

Anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms should get tested, stay at home and follow health advice about when they can return to work.

Anyone who has been at a location of interest at the specific times, as listed on the Ministry of Health’s website, must follow the instructions on the Ministry of Health website and call Healthline (on 0800 358 5453) for advice on getting a test and isolation instructions.

If your workplace has more than 150 employees on one site and you are interested in having a testing team come on site to undertake testing please contact NRHCCLIAISON2@adhb.govt.nz. We only have limited capacity to undertake onsite testing so we encourage most people to use the community testing opportunities provided.

Last updated 4.10.2021

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