Case definition of COVID-19 infection

This page was last updated on 22 May 2020.

The overarching public health COVID-19 strategy for New Zealand is to eliminate COVID-19. We must identify and manage cases and contacts early, and be aggressive with the management of clusters. 

The tools available to use are widespread testing, quarantine, self-isolation, and timely contact tracing.

The case definition has been amended to de-couple respiratory symptoms from a history of travel. Testing is available to people with respiratory symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 infection (including the acute onset of cough with or without fever). This is regardless of travel history or known contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19. Priority groups for testing have been included in the case definitions.

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Please note that the suspect case definition is under review as we have now moved down alert levels, and in anticipation of an increase in respiratory illnesses as winter approaches.

For a definition of close and casual contacts see contact tracing.

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