Testing for COVID-19

Information on lab testing and capacity and testing rates by ethnicity and district.

Last updated 1pm 9 August 2022.

All data on this page relates to tests processed prior to 11:59 pm 8 August 2022.

Testing data is collected from the Eclair database (administered by ESR) unless otherwise stated.

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Testing summary, status, and results

COVID-19 viral testing
People tested Test results delivered in past 24 hours Test results delivered during past week
People who travelled internationally 0 0
People working at the border, in managed facilities, or near people travelling internationally 3 17
Within New Zealand, not linked to the border 4,452 22,652
Other 0 0
Total 4,455 22,669
COVID-19 testing status
  Total
All COVID-19 viral tests administered* 7,414,827
Testing kits in stock (updated weekdays only) 21,286

* Covers the period from the first COVID-19 test in New Zealand on 22 January 2020 (first test in New Zealand) to 9 August 2022. Note that some people are tested more than once and a positive case can result in more than one positive test.

Testing results from 22 January 2020* to 9 August 2022
Test results In managed facilities Within NZ communities Total
Tested positive for COVID-19 3,826 172,394 176,220
Tested negative (no COVID-19) 236,714 6,950,894 7,187,608
Inconclusive result for COVID-19 190 50,809 50,999
Total (all tests) 240,730 7,174,097 7,414,827
Number of tests for COVID-19
Daily number of tests completed for COVID-19 (with seven-day rolling average)

Testing over the past 4 weeks

Tests at managed facilities and within the community in health districts
Health district of residence 12 Jul to 17 Jul 19 Jul to 24 Jul 26 Jul to 31 Jul 2 Aug to 7 Aug
Auckland 3,160 3,230 3,078 2,839
Bay of Plenty 617 602 573 540
Canterbury/West Coast 2,723 2,599 2,645 2,400
Capital & Coast/Hutt 1,916 1,975 1,986 1,958
Counties Manukau 2,701 2,792 2,737 1,629
Hawkes Bay 362 390 333 240
Lakes 225 207 237 191
MidCentral 461 534 494 336
Nelson Marlborough 279 292 631 394
Northland 432 357 353 411
South Canterbury 174 149 2,531 181
Southern 2,228 2,188 2,217 2,170
Tairawhiti 51 55 58 44
Taranaki 748 643 702 691
Waikato 1,634 2,094 3,876 1,981
Wairarapa 135 146 171 129
Waitemata 2,821 2,886 2,701 1,905
Whanganui 97 94 92 63
Unknown 2,436 2,933 3,025 3,311
Total 23,200 24,166 28,440 21,413

Note: some people are tested more than once. We cannot give you detailed information about tests in your district, city or town, as we must protect the privacy of the people concerned.

Tests by ethnicity
Ethnicity 12 Jul to 17 Jul 19 Jul to 24 Jul 26 Jul to 31 Jul 2 Aug to 7 Aug
Māori 2,904 2,786 3,710 2,589
Pacific Peoples 1,661 1,774 1,889 1,239
Asian 3,503 3,558 3,567 2,838
European or Other 12,561 12,985 16,128 11,334
Unknown 2,571 3,063 3,146 3,413
Total 23,200 24,166 28,440 21,413
Tests at the border and in managed isolation and quarantine
COVID-19 test result 12 Jul to 17 Jul 19 Jul to 24 Jul 26 Jul to 31 Jul 2 Aug to 7 Aug
Tested positive 0 0 0 0
Tested negative (no COVID-19) 0 0 0 0
Inconclusive result 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0
Total tests
COVID-19 test result 12 Jul to 17 Jul 19 Jul to 24 Jul 26 Jul to 31 Jul 2 Aug to 7 Aug
Tested positive 4,959 5,288 4,946 3,544
Tested negative (no COVID-19) 18,165 18,793 23,389 17,734
Inconclusive result 76 85 105 135
Total 23,200 24,166 28,440 21,413

Testing rate and results by location and ethnicity

All tests by district and in managed isolation and quarantine facilities from 22 January 2020 to 9 August 2022
Location Total tests Tested positive (%) Test rate per 1000 people
Managed isolation and quarantine facilities 240,730 1.59% NA
Auckland 1,132,364 2.38% 2,301.1
Bay of Plenty 268,539 2.31% 1,036.2
Canterbury/West Coast 546,344 2.68% 912.8
Capital & Coast/Hutt 456,657 2.49% 970.2
Counties Manukau 1,459,106 2.99% 2,462.9
Hawkes Bay 131,289 1.79% 752.4
Lakes 123,963 1.48% 1,083.3
MidCentral 127,782 2.08% 702.9
Nelson Marlborough 125,872 1.96% 799.0
Northland 240,471 1.24% 1,243.0
South Canterbury 35,188 1.76% 574.8
Southern 289,030 3.66% 862.1
Tairawhiti 32,178 1.80% 625.6
Taranaki 117,978 2.55% 958.5
Waikato 601,129 2.36% 1,397.0
Wairarapa 33,754 2.16% 694.3
Waitemata 1,237,418 1.98% 1,966.8
Whanganui 34,826 2.08% 510.3
Unknown 180,209 1.29% NA
Total 7,414,827 2.38% 1,482.8
Tests by ethnicity from 22 January 2020 to 9 August 2022
Ethnicity* Total test Tested positive (%) Test rate per 1000 people
Māori 1,075,234 2.59% 1,402.5
Pacific Peoples 877,082 4.76% 2,384.0
Asian 1,219,639 2.27% 1,660.0
European or Other 3,903,575 1.91% 1,255.8
Unknown 339,297 1.24% NA
Total 7,414,827 2.38% 1,482.8

* The prioritised ethnicity classification system is used in this table and below. This means each person is allocated to a single ethnic group, based on the ethnic groups they identify with. Where people identify with more than one group, they are assigned in this order of priority: Māori, Pacific Peoples, Asian, and European/Other. So, if a person identifies as being Māori and New Zealand European, the person is counted as Māori. See Ngā tapuae me ngā raraunga: Methods and data sources for further information.

The data categorized by ethnicity come from National Health Index (NHI) data collection, linked to data held in the EpiSurv database.

Testing rates per 1000 people by location and ethnicity from 22 January 2020 to 9 August 2022
Location Māori Pacific peoples Asian European/Other
Auckland 2,714.2 2,597.7 1,972.5 2,201.6
Bay of Plenty 1,050.0 1,998.3 1,282.8 974.0
Canterbury/West Coast 916.4 1,069.8 993.3 863.2
Capital & Coast/Hutt 943.0 1,082.6 890.7 960.2
Counties Manukau 2,676.0 2,991.1 2,066.3 2,247.6
Hawkes Bay 675.9 1,613.2 907.6 696.3
Lakes 1,158.0 1,376.5 1,568.0 952.5
MidCentral 754.8 912.7 690.6 665.6
Nelson Marlborough 810.0 2,316.8 951.8 734.3
Northland 1,239.5 1,486.8 1,253.0 1,218.6
South Canterbury 640.1 1,009.2 754.6 532.7
Southern 850.6 1,212.8 981.7 828.6
Tairawhiti 617.2 964.8 942.7 573.9
Taranaki 1,000.6 1,165.0 1,292.4 907.0
Waikato 1,543.3 1,768.9 1,561.7 1,294.7
Wairarapa 741.0 954.9 832.7 660.4
Waitemata 2,346.9 2,487.7 1,594.8 1,976.3
Whanganui 490.7 536.0 609.9 501.1

Note: some people are tested more than once. We cannot give you detailed information about tests in your district, city or town, as we must protect the privacy of the people concerned.

Percentage of tests returning a positive result by district and ethnicity from 22 January 2020 to 9 August 2022
Location Māori Pacific peoples Asian European/Other
Auckland 2.87% 4.88% 2.08% 1.87%
Bay of Plenty 2.52% 4.41% 3.15% 2.02%
Canterbury/West Coast 2.93% 5.28% 2.33% 2.67%
Capital & Coast/Hutt 2.59% 4.69% 2.35% 2.24%
Counties Manukau 2.99% 5.08% 2.24% 1.44%
Hawkes Bay 1.72% 2.56% 2.79% 1.66%
Lakes 1.67% 2.43% 1.28% 1.31%
MidCentral 1.98% 5.08% 2.06% 1.96%
Nelson Marlborough 2.12% 4.37% 4.43% 1.63%
Northland 1.57% 1.97% 1.14% 1.01%
South Canterbury 1.44% 2.81% 1.96% 1.75%
Southern 3.25% 4.85% 4.20% 3.60%
Tairawhiti 1.61% 5.04% 0.99% 1.90%
Taranaki 3.06% 3.96% 2.73% 2.41%
Waikato 2.98% 4.90% 3.30% 1.78%
Wairarapa 2.31% 3.83% 2.67% 2.03%
Waitemata 2.62% 4.15% 2.02% 1.50%
Whanganui 2.69% 4.78% 1.50% 1.79%

Note: we cannot give the total number of people testing positive per district and ethnicity for privacy reasons.


Testing rate and results by age and sex

Tests by age group from 22 January 2020 to 9 August 2022
Age group Total people tested Tested positive (%) Test rate per 1000 people
0 to 9 453,579 3.38% 694.4
10 to 19 639,927 3.68% 999.0
20 to 29 1,422,760 2.45% 2,110.3
30 to 39 1,441,279 2.10% 2,091.6
40 to 49 1,113,451 1.94% 1,774.6
50 to 59 1,092,024 1.77% 1,706.9
60 to 69 752,994 1.86% 1,408.1
70 to 79 324,724 2.72% 906.7
80+ 172,556 4.75% 941.2
Unknown 1,533 11.09% NA
Total 7,414,827 2.38% 1,482.8
Tests by sex from 22 January 2020 to 9 August 2022
Sex Total people tested Tested positive (%) Test rate per 1000 people
Female 3,642,651 2.45% 1,428.5
Male 3,589,449 2.36% 1,465.9
Unknown 182,727 1.22% NA
Total 7,414,827 2.38% 1,482.8

Note: On 4 January 2022, the Ministry of Health started reporting testing rates using the Ministry's HSU population estimate.


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