COVID-19 - Testing rates for ethnicity and DHB

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Testing rate data

This information was updated on 4 August with data to 2 August.

A high number of tests across the country helps identify cases of COVID-19 early, manage clusters of cases when we find them and track how well our efforts are working.This page records information about the ethnicity breakdown of testing and testing by region.

Please note this page will be updated when additional information is available.

Localised testing helps ensure we are both looking for and finding cases across the country.

Surveillance testing - testing of a wider population to make sure there are no undetected cases - is also being carried out in parts of New Zealand.

If you are looking for information about how testing works or what might happen if you need a test, see the COVID-19 website

Notes on the data:

  • Testing  rates per 1,000  people uses prioritised ethnicity from NHI and Stats NZ 2019 population projections.
  • Prioritised ethnicity classification is used for reporting purpose. Prioritised ethnic groups involve each person being allocated to a single ethnic group based on the ethnic groups they have identified with, which are, in order of priority: Māori, Pacific Peoples, Asian, MELAA (Middle Eastern / Latin American / African) and European/Other. This means that if a person identifies as being Māori and New Zealand European, the person is counted as Māori.

Tests by DHB

COVID-19 tests (people tested, positivity %, and test rate per 1,000 people) by DHB from 22 January to 2 August 2020
DHB  Total people tested  Test rate per 1,000 people Positive %
Northland            14,338 79 0.2%
Waitematā            51,250 81 0.3%
Auckland            44,759 82 0.4%
Counties Manukau            56,572 99 0.2%
Waikato            38,072 90 0.4%
Lakes            10,018 90 0.1%
Bay of Plenty            19,181 80 0.2%
Tairāwhiti              5,029 102 0.1%
Hawke's Bay            15,090 90 0.2%
Taranaki              8,784 73 0.1%
Mid Central            12,884 71 0.2%
Whanganui              5,176 80 0.1%
Capital and Coast            27,260 85 0.3%
Hutt Valley            11,147 74 0.2%
Wairarapa              3,445 75 0.1%
Nelson Marlborough            10,020 66 0.3%
West Coast              1,744 54 0.2%
Canterbury            37,376 65 0.3%
South Canterbury              4,280 72 0.4%
Southern            24,618 74 0.7%
Unknown            14,610 - 0.4%
Total          415,653 84 0.3%

Tests by ethnicity

COVID-19 tests (people tested, positivity %, and test rate per 1,000 people) by ethnicity from 22 January to 2 August 2020
Ethnicity  Total people tested  Test rate per 1,000 people Positive %
Māori          74,778 96 0.1%
Pacific          42,223 132 0.1%
Asian          46,694 61 0.3%
Other        247,724 80 0.4%
Unknown            4,234 - 0.2%
Total        415,653 84 0.3%

COVID-19 tests rates per 1,000 people by DHB and ethnicity from 22 January to 2 August 2020
DHB Māori Pacific Asian Other
Northland 93 75 51 72
Waitematā 91 118 62 81
Auckland 93 117 53 91
Counties Manukau 115 156 66 83
Waikato 103 104 71 86
Lakes 103 107 64 85
Bay of Plenty 89 151 59 76
Tairāwhiti 116 138 78 85
Hawke's Bay 98 216 61 82
Taranaki 77 95 66 71
Mid Central 73 86 50 71
Whanganui 81 115 65 78
Capital and Coast 94 101 56 87
Hutt Valley 80 78 55 75
Wairarapa 90 121 58 71
Nelson Marlborough 69 163 51 64
West Coast 54 95 96 52
Canterbury 71 86 55 64
South Canterbury 67 201 77 70
Southern 72 101 51 75
Total 96 132 61 80

COVID-19 test positivity rate by DHB and ethnicity from 22 January to 2 August 2020
DHB Māori Pacific Asian Other Unknown
Northland 0.1% 0.4% 0.0% 0.2% 1.3%
Waitematā 0.3% 0.4% 0.3% 0.3% 0.3%
Auckland 0.2% 0.1% 0.4% 0.5% 0.0%
Counties Manukau 0.0% 0.1% 0.4% 0.3% 0.7%
Waikato 0.2% 0.1% 0.4% 0.5% 0.6%
Lakes 0.1% 0.0% 0.2% 0.1% 0.0%
Bay of Plenty 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.2% 0.0%
Tairāwhiti 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.0%
Hawke's Bay 0.1% 0.3% 0.4% 0.3% 0.0%
Taranaki 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.2% 0.0%
Mid Central 0.1% 0.0% 0.1% 0.3% 0.0%
Whanganui 0.0% 0.0% 1.1% 0.1% 0.0%
Capital and Coast 0.1% 0.0% 0.2% 0.4% 0.3%
Hutt Valley 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.0%
Wairarapa 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.0%
Nelson Marlborough 0.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3% 0.0%
West Coast 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3% 0.0%
Canterbury 0.1% 0.5% 0.3% 0.3% 0.0%
South Canterbury 0.3% 0.0% 1.6% 0.4% 0.0%
Southern 0.7% 0.3% 0.4% 0.7% 0.0%
Unknown 0.1% 0.0% 0.8% 0.5% 0.1%
Total 0.1% 0.1% 0.3% 0.4% 0.2%
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