COVID-19: Testing data

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

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Lab testing and capacity

Lab testing for COVID-19 as at 7.30 am 30 October 2020
  Tests Date
Total tested yesterday 7,472 29 October 2020
7-day rolling average 5,236 23 October to 29 October 2020
Total tested to date 1,090,702 22 January to 29 October 2020
Supplies in stock * 249,454 30 October 2020

Note: The total number of tests conducted is greater than the number of people tested, because some people are tested more than once.

* Update not available on weekends.

The data presented here reflects the number of tests processed and reported to Éclair, a national repository for COVID-19 lab tests. Éclair was established during May 2020, so the time series data below uses the following dates: date specimen was received and registered by the laboratory up to 31 May 2020, and date specimen was processed and reported to Éclair from 1 June 2020 onwards.

View a detailed break down of testing by region.

COVID-19 - total cumulative tests
Total tests for COVID-19, to 29 October 2020

 

COVID-19 - tests per day
Tests per day for COVID-19, to 29 October 2020.

 

Date Tests per day Total tests (cumulative)
Before 1-Mar   213
01-Mar 12 225
02-Mar 29 254
03-Mar 26 280
04-Mar 25 305
05-Mar 27 332
06-Mar 66 398
07-Mar 44 442
08-Mar 28 470
09-Mar 79 549
10-Mar 88 637
11-Mar 83 720
12-Mar 97 817
13-Mar 120 937
14-Mar 128 1,065
15-Mar 88 1,153
16-Mar 404 1,557
17-Mar 921 2,478
18-Mar 1,010 3,488
19-Mar 1,384 4,872
20-Mar 1,734 6,606
21-Mar 1,281 7,887
22-Mar 873 8,760
23-Mar 1,898 10,658
24-Mar 2,192 12,850
25-Mar 1,952 14,802
26-Mar 2,088 16,890
27-Mar 1,853 18,743
28-Mar 1,366 20,109
29-Mar 982 21,091
30-Mar 1,959 23,050
31-Mar 2,036 25,086
1-Apr 3,662 28,748
2-Apr 4,057 32,805
3-Apr 4,361 37,166
4-Apr 2,603 39,769
5-Apr 2,541 42,310
6-Apr 3,378 45,688
7-Apr 4,834 50,522
8-Apr 3,705 54,227
9-Apr 3,788 58,015
10-Apr 1,716 59,731
11-Apr 1,794 61,525
12-Apr 1,350 62,875
13-Apr 1,482 64,357
14-Apr 3,123 67,480
15-Apr 4,021 71,501
16-Apr 4,396 75,897
17-Apr 4,850 80,747
18-Apr 3,206 83,953
19-Apr 2,306 86,259
20-Apr 5,732 91,991
21-Apr 7,124 99,115
22-Apr 6,243 105,358
23-Apr 6,640 111,998
24-Apr 6,543 118,541
25-Apr 2,741 121,282
26-Apr 2,098 123,380
27-Apr 2,034 125,414
28-Apr 5,102 130,516
29-Apr 5,351 135,867
30-Apr 5,474 141,341
1-May 5,653 146,994
2-May 2,803 149,797
3-May 1,660 151,457
4-May 5,237 156,694
5-May 6,864 163,558
6-May 7,282 170,840
7-May 7,814 178,654
8-May 8,435 187,089
9-May 3,435 190,524
10-May 1,745 192,269
11-May 5,427 197,696
12-May 7,495 205,191
13-May 6,857 212,048
14-May 6,582 218,630
15-May 5,780 224,410
16-May 2,379 226,789
17-May 1,552 228,341
18-May 5,397 233,738
19-May 5,701 239,439
20-May 5,640 245,079
21-May 5,657 250,736
22-May 4,727 255,463
23-May 1,472 256,935
24-May 1,119 258,054
25-May 4,428 262,482
26-May 4,017 266,499
27-May 3,482 269,981
28-May 3,052 273,033
29-May 2,413 275,446
30-May 769 276,215
31-May 177 276,392
1-Jun 671 277,063
2-Jun 1,149 278,212
3-Jun 2,720 280,932
4-Jun 2,717 283,649
5-Jun 2,993 286,642
6-Jun 2,076 288,718
7-Jun 794 289,512
8-Jun 990 290,502
9-Jun 2,641 293,143
10-Jun 3,427 296,570
11-Jun 2,915 299,485
12-Jun 2,934 302,419
13-Jun 2,484 304,903
14-Jun 760 305,663
15-Jun 1,460 307,123
16-Jun 3,567 310,690
17-Jun 4,832 315,522
18-Jun 6,310 321,832
19-Jun 7,704 329,536
20-Jun 6,058 335,594
21-Jun 3,451 339,045
22-Jun 4,151 343,196
23-Jun 8,968 352,164
24-Jun 10,359 362,523
25-Jun 10,006 372,529
26-Jun 9,091 381,620
27-Jun 5,465 387,085
28-Jun 2,809 389,894
29-Jun 1,815 391,709
30-Jun 4,733 396,442
1-July 3,404 399,846
2-July 3,728 403,574
3-July 2,091 405,665
4-July 587 406,252
5-July 2,611 408,863
6-July 1,850 410,713
7-July 2,188 412,901
8-July 3,003 415,904
9-July 2,665 418,569
10-July 2,102 420,671
11-July 1,721 422,392
12-July 1,091 423,483
13-July 1,534 425,017
14-July 2,791 427,808
15-July 2,827 430,635
16-July 2,351 432,986
17-July 2,575 435,561
18-July 1,436 436,997
19-July 704 437,701
20-July 955 438,656
21-July 2,196 440,852
22-July 2,366 443,218
23-July 2,746 445,964
24-July 2,394 448,358
25-July 1,682 450,040
26-July 645 450,685
27-July 1,606 452,291
28-July 2,401 454,692
29-July 2,414 457,106
30-July 2,396 459,502
31-July 3,077 462,579
1-Aug 2,409 464,988
2-Aug 1,689 466,677
3-Aug 1,702 468,379
4-Aug 4,114 472,493
5-Aug 4,889 477,382
6-Aug 4,070 481,452
7-Aug 3,365 484,817
8-Aug 4,090 488,907
9-Aug 2,338 491,245
10-Aug 1,687 492,932
11-Aug 4,164 497,096
12-Aug 5,978 503,074
13-Aug 15,653 518,727
14-Aug 23,378 542,105
15-Aug 23,991 566,096
16-Aug 25,005 591,101
17-Aug 18,436 609,537
18-Aug 22,699 632,236
19-Aug 17,598 649,834
20-Aug 14,662 664,496
21-Aug 12,009 676,505
22-Aug 7,271 683,776
23-Aug 4,477 688,253
24-Aug 4,194 692,447
25-Aug 8,498 700,945
26-Aug 8,786 709,731
27-Aug 10,410 720,141
28-Aug 10,178 730,319
29-Aug 10,500 740,819
30-Aug 6,566 747,385
31-Aug 8,939 756,324
1-Sep 11,149 767,473
2-Sep 10,523 777,996
3-Sep 9,589 787,585
4-Sep 8,860 796,445
5-Sep 7,775 804,220
6-Sep 3,999 808,219
7-Sep 4,695 812,914
8-Sep 8,016 820,930
9-Sep 7,707 828,637
10-Sep 8,551 837,188
11-Sep 8,915 846,103
12-Sep 7,485 853,588
13-Sep 3,862 857,450
14-Sep 3,931 861,381
15-Sep 8,598 869,979
16-Sep 8,345 878,324
17-Seps 7,317 885,641
18-Sep 8,170 893,811
19-Sep 5,537 899,348
20-Sep 3,367 902,715
21-Sep 3,507 906,222
22-Sep 6,842 913,064
23-Sep 6,080 919,144
24-Sep 6,435 925,579
25-Sep 5,875 931,454
26-Sep 5,077 936,531
27-Sep 3,612 940,143
28-Sep 3,244 943,387
29-Sep 4,995 948,382
30-Sep 5,607 953,989
1-Oct 4,749 958,738
2-Oct 6,359 965,097
3-Oct 4,010 969,107
4-Oct 2,579 971,686
5-Oct 3,038 974,724
6-Oct 5,669 980,393
7-Oct 6,152 986,545
8-Oct 5,597 992,142
9-Oct 4,814 996,956
10-Oct 3,809 1,000,765
11-Oct 2,026 1,002,791
12-Oct 3,017 1,005,808
13-Oct 5,849 1,011,657
14-Oct 5,196 1,016,853
15-Oct 5,078 1,021,931
16-Oct 4,794 1,026,725
17-Oct 3,390 1,030,115
18-Oct 1,773 1,031,888
19-Oct 2,715 1,034,603
20-Oct 6,308 1,040,911
21-Oct 7,083 1,047,994
22-Oct 6,053 1,054,047
23-Oct 7,700 1,061,747
24-Oct 5,396 1,067,143
25-Oct 3,038 1,070,181
26-Oct 2,311 1,072,492
27-Oct 3,335 1,075,827
28-Oct 7,403 1,083,230
29-Oct 7,472 1,090,702

Note: Two sets of cumulative test data have been reconciled to give cumulative total from 22 January 2020 when testing began.


Testing rate data

This information was updated on 29 October with data to 25 October.

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 and test rate per 1,000 people) by DHB for the weeks 12 October to 18 October 2020 and 19 October to 25 October 2020
  12 October – 18 October 2020 19 October – 25 October 2020
DHB Total people tested Test rate per 1,000 people Total people tested Test rate per 1,000 people
Auckland 2,485 5 6,431 12
Bay of Plenty 644 3 1,412 6
Canterbury 1,378 2 3,000 5
Capital and Coast 1,132 4 2,407 7
Counties Manukau 2,285 4 5,437 10
Hawke's Bay 610 4 752 5
Hutt Valley 392 3 790 5
Lakes 289 3 542 5
Mid Central 608 3 987 5
Nelson Marlborough 360 2 800 5
Northland 307 2 604 3
South Canterbury 90 2 149 2
Southern 797 2 1,581 5
Tairāwhiti 117 2 219 4
Taranaki 390 3 692 6
Waikato 1,032 2 2,215 5
Wairarapa 111 2 180 4
Waitematā 2,254 4 6,943 11
West Coast 32 1 47 1
Whanganui 96 1 188 3
Overseas residents 22  -  100  - 
Total 15,431 3 35,476 7

 

COVID-19 tests (people tested, positivity %, and test rate per 1,000 people) by DHB from 22 January to 25 October 2020
DHB Total people tested Test rate per 1,000 people Positive %
Auckland 110,442 201 0.2%
Bay of Plenty 36,341 151 0.1%
Canterbury 69,285 121 0.2%
Capital and Coast 51,690 161 0.2%
Counties Manukau 130,511 229 0.2%
Hawke's Bay 24,586 147 0.2%
Hutt Valley 20,070 133 0.1%
Lakes 20,045 181 0.1%
Midcentral 23,971 132 0.1%
Nelson Marlborough 19,777 130 0.1%
Northland 26,305 145 0.1%
South Canterbury 7,252 121 0.3%
Southern 46,956 141 0.4%
Tairāwhiti 8,065 164 0.1%
Taranaki 16,047 133 0.1%
Waikato 67,492 160 0.3%
Wairarapa 6,025 132 0.1%
Waitematā 120,063 190 0.2%
West Coast 2,488 78 0.2%
Whanganui 8,694 134 0.1%
Overseas residents 1,284 - 0.3%
Total 817,390 165 0.2%

Tests by ethnicity

COVID-19 tests (people tested, positivity %, and test rate per 1,000 people) by ethnicity from 22 January to 25 October 2020
Ethnicity Total people tested Test rate per 1,000 people Positive %
Māori 132,231 170 0.1%
Pacific 94,690 296 0.2%
Asian 104,557 136 0.2%
Other 472,284 153 0.2%
Unknown 13,628 - 0.4%
Total 817,390 165 0.2%

 

COVID-19 tests rates per 1,000 people by DHB and ethnicity from 22 January to 25 October 2020
DHB Māori Pacific Asian Other
Auckland 208 286 133 212
Bay of Plenty 161 285 118 145
Canterbury 121 157 108 118
Capital and Coast 162 189 109 165
Counties Manukau 240 381 162 181
Hawke's Bay 151 333 107 136
Hutt Valley 133 160 112 132
Lakes 195 264 139 171
Midcentral 125 164 97 135
Nelson Marlborough 127 377 114 125
Northland 168 156 105 132
South Canterbury 108 340 136 119
Southern 127 192 112 142
Tairāwhiti 178 221 164 143
Taranaki 131 199 134 130
Waikato 175 210 135 151
Wairarapa 141 226 126 126
Waitematā 201 282 154 188
West Coast 72 170 129 75
Whanganui 135 182 104 132
Total 170 296 136 153

 

COVID-19 test positivity rate by DHB and ethnicity from 22 January to 25 October 2020
DHB Māori Pacific Asian Other Unknown
Auckland 0.1% 0.3% 0.3% 0.2% 0.4%
Bay of Plenty 0.1% 0.0% 0.2% 0.1% 0.0%
Canterbury 0.1% 0.4% 0.2% 0.2% 2.0%
Capital and Coast 0.1% 0.0% 0.2% 0.3% 0.1%
Counties Manukau 0.0% 0.1% 0.2% 0.2% 0.2%
Hawke's Bay 0.1% 0.2% 0.2% 0.2% 0.0%
Hutt Valley 0.1% 0.0% 0.2% 0.1% 0.0%
Lakes 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0%
Midcentral 0.1% 0.0% 0.2% 0.2% 0.0%
Nelson Marlborough 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.0%
Northland 0.1% 0.2% 0.1% 0.2% 0.4%
South Canterbury 0.2% 0.0% 0.9% 0.2% 0.0%
Southern 0.4% 0.2% 0.3% 0.4% 0.2%
Tairāwhiti 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.0%
Taranaki 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.1% 0.0%
Waikato 0.1% 0.1% 0.4% 0.3% 0.3%
Wairarapa 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.0%
Waitematā 0.3% 0.4% 0.2% 0.2% 0.1%
West Coast 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.0%
Whanganui 0.0% 0.0% 1.3% 0.0% 0.0%
Overseas residents 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.5% 0.0%
Total 0.1% 0.2% 0.2% 0.2% 0.4%
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