Testing for COVID-19

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

Last updated 1pm 24 October 2021.

All data on this page is as at 9:00 am on 24 October 2021 unless otherwise stated.

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 441 7048
People working at the border, in managed facilities, or near people travelling internationally 369 3160
Within New Zealand, not linked to the border 27552 160796
Other 0 0
Total 28362 171004
COVID-19 testing status
  Total
All COVID-19 viral tests administered* 3,923,269
Testing kits in stock (updated weekdays only) 152,559

* Covers the period from 22 January 2020 (first test in New Zealand) to 24 October 2021. Note that some people are tested more than once and a positive case can result in more than one postive test.

Testing results from 22 January 2020* to 24 October 2021
Test results In managed facilities Within NZ communities Total
Tested positive for COVID-19 1714 5267 6981
Tested negative (no COVID-19) 379475 3535590 3915065
Inconclusive result for COVID-19 19 1204 1223
Total (all tests) 381208 3542061 3923269

* First test for COVID-19 in New Zealand was on 22 January 2020. Note that some people are tested more than once.

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 district health boards (DHBs)
DHB of Patient Domicile 27 Sep to 3 Oct 4 Oct to 10 Oct 11 Oct to 17 Oct 18 Oct to 24 Oct
Managed isolation and quarantine facilities 3474 4265 4593 5746
Auckland 20596 23968 28522 25502
Bay of Plenty 3881 4607 4957 3580
Canterbury 4785 5198 5089 4604
Capital and Coast 2632 3579 3648 3478
Counties Manukau 31558 32845 38926 34932
Hawkes Bay 1185 1556 1542 1410
Hutt Valley 939 1257 1249 1229
Lakes 1301 2112 1971 1646
MidCentral 1674 2416 1925 1751
Nelson Marlborough 982 1341 1281 1116
Northland 5058 6570 14053 7229
South Canterbury 172 254 254 294
Southern 1859 2276 2389 1811
Tairāwhiti 355 490 505 522
Taranaki 959 1590 1455 1189
Waikato 8309 24634 20166 18824
Wairarapa 211 291 299 279
Waitematā 22701 31959 36560 34006
West Coast 80 97 106 108
Whanganui 453 627 540 573
Unknown 452 508 453 367
Total 113616 152440 170483 150196

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 27 Sep to 3 Oct 4 Oct to 10 Oct 11 Oct to 17 Oct 18 Oct to 24 Oct
Maori 17029 25263 26977 23790
Pacific peoples 14016 15631 17915 15550
Asian 18887 23448 26398 23845
European/Other 60007 83463 94012 82211
Unknown 3677 4635 5181 4800
Total 113616 152440 170483 150196
Tests at the border and in managed isolation and quarantine
COVID-19 test result 27 Sep to 3 Oct 4 Oct to 10 Oct 11 Oct to 17 Oct 18 Oct to 24 Oct
Tested positive 11 9 15 13
Tested negative (no COVID-19) 3463 4256 4578 5733
Inconclusive result 0 0 0 0
Total tests
COVID-19 test result 27 Sep to 3 Oct 4 Oct to 10 Oct 11 Oct to 17 Oct 18 Oct to 24 Oct
Tested positive 223 319 396 764
Tested negative (no COVID-19) 113357 152053 170016 149371
Inconclusive result 36 68 71 61

Testing rate and results by location and ethnicity

All tests by DHB and in managed isolation and quarantine facilities from 22 January 2020 to 24 October 2021
Location Total tests Tested positive (%) Test rate per 1000 people
Managed isolation and quarantine facilities 381208 0.45% NA
Auckland 581241 0.17% 1037.01
Bay of Plenty 128797 0.07% 526.66
Canterbury 271685 0.07% 466.31
Capital and Coast 180517 0.09% 554.91
Counties Manukau 740081 0.22% 1276.34
Hawkes Bay 64266 0.08% 382.79
Hutt Valley 60959 0.05% 401.49
Lakes 59799 0.04% 535.53
MidCentral 74585 0.05% 408.44
Nelson Marlborough 63368 0.08% 414.2
Northland 109300 0.06% 594.17
South Canterbury 19098 0.18% 317.47
Southern 136953 0.24% 406.23
Tairāwhiti 21046 0.02% 425.79
Taranaki 49407 0.03% 405.99
Waikato 262034 0.12% 610.69
Wairarapa 16572 0.06% 359.3
Waitematā 643106 0.18% 997.15
West Coast 5681 0.07% 177.86
Whanganui 20721 0.03% 318.51
Unknown 32845 0.25% NA
Total 3923269 0.18% 697.75
Tests by ethnicity from 22 January 2020 to 24 October 2021
Ethnicity* Total test Tested positive (%) Test rate per 1000 people
Māori 529768 0.22% 669.46
Pacific peoples 474704 0.31% 1458.86
Asian 666468 0.16% 830.74
European/Other 2098885 0.13% 674.81
Unknown 153444 0.35% NA
Total 3923269 0.18% 749.57

* 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 24 October 2021
Location Māori Pacific peoples Asian European/Other
Auckland 1050.27 1410.5 792.46 1074.74
Bay of Plenty 521.96 1073.87 463.21 516.98
Canterbury 439.96 582.59 487.21 447.02
Capital and Coast 527.13 621.88 411.46 574.75
Counties Manukau 1231.01 1954.15 1052.05 1048.5
Hawke's Bay 353.14 780.4 335.71 367.37
Hutt Valley 381.9 497.68 372.48 397.77
Lakes 535.99 821.29 605.86 503.65
MidCentral 396.1 538.05 294.21 413.66
Nelson Marlborough 392.25 1248.69 364.73 394.89
Northland 599.94 692.07 473.5 590.87
South Canterbury 318.02 1027.68 361.78 303.82
Southern 367.43 626.57 346.86 406.16
Tairāwhiti 434.4 623.7 612.34 386.11
Taranaki 371.21 597.56 481.52 398.96
Waikato 633 764.12 576.35 587.35
Wairarapa 359.26 547.46 389.7 348.78
Waitematā 1000.56 1412.53 856.14 993.53
West Coast 162.35 328.88 248.26 173.84
Whanganui 300.27 404.75 233.8 324.55
Total 640.06 1384.73 725.97 618.73

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 DHB and ethnicity from 22 January to 24 October 2021
Location Māori Pacific peoples Asian European/Other
Auckland 0.32 0.36 0.1 0.1
Bay of Plenty 0.03 0 0.27 0.07
Canterbury 0.04 0.12 0.06 0.07
Capital and Coast 0.04 0.09 0.09 0.09
Counties Manukau 0.41 0.34 0.09 0.1
Hawke's Bay 0.06 0.08 0.09 0.09
Hutt Valley 0.07 0.05 0.01 0.05
Lakes 0.03 0 0.02 0.05
MidCentral 0.04 0 0.02 0.06
Nelson Marlborough 0.08 0.03 0.14 0.08
Northland 0.1 0.19 0.02 0.04
South Canterbury 0.06 0 0.33 0.19
Southern 0.21 0.07 0.2 0.21
Tairāwhiti 0.01 0 0 0.05
Taranaki 0 0 0.06 0.04
Waikato 0.1 0.02 0.12 0.13
Wairarapa 0.03 0 0 0.07
Waitematā 0.48 0.42 0.07 0.12
West Coast 0 0 0 0.09
Whanganui 0 0 0.27 0.03
Total 0.22 0.31 0.16 0.13

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


Testing rate and results by age and sex

Tests by age group from 22 January to 24 October 2021
Age group Total people tested Tested positive (%) Test rate per 1000 people
0 to 9 265037 0.28% 420
10 to 19 346490 0.23% 540.56
20 to 29 765901 0.2% 1025.43
30 to 39 748434 0.18% 1097.45
40 to 49 591918 0.16% 972.19
50 to 59 580953 0.15% 915.61
60 to 69 392753 0.12% 734.36
70 to 79 160085 0.11% 440.35
80+ 71626 0.1% 383.68
Unknown 72 0% NA
Total 3923269 0.18% 780.07
Tests by sex from 22 January to 24 October 2021
Sex Total people tested Tested positive (%) Test rate per 1000 people
Female 1990622 0.16% 782.39
Male 1894648 0.19% 762.42
Unknown 37999 0.19% NA
Total 3923269 0.18% 772.52

Note: On 10th March 2021, the Ministry of Health identified and fixed a data processing issue that resulted in records unnecessarily being assigned to ‘Unknown’ categories.


New Zealand's approach to COVID-19 testing

New Zealand has a goal of eliminating COVID-19. Planned, targeted testing is one of the tools that can help meet this goal. We don't test without planning.

COVID-19 is a new disease, so we had to build a completely new testing capability.

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