The overall Testing Plan gives effect to the Surveillance Strategy and sets out how we’ll support the Elimination Strategy. A robust Testing Plan to detect cases early is a key pillar of surveillance. The Auckland Outbreak Testing Plan states who should seek testing during Alert Levels 4 and 3. Testing Guidance gives details to clinicians on who to test and when to test them.
Last updated: 9 October 2021
On this page:
- Testing Guidance for the health sector
- Testing plans
The Testing Guidance tells the health sector who to test, and why and when to test them. It is updated based on the latest knowledge about the virus and its symptoms, and on current conditions and Alert Levels in New Zealand.
Effective from 11 September 2021:
- Key messages for testing for the health and disability sector – 11 September to 3 November 2021 (Word, 292 KB)
- Key messages for testing for the health and disability sector – 11 September to 3 November 2021 (PDF, 395 KB)
- Updated 8 October 2021
Detailed clinical guidance for health professionals:
- COVID-19 Testing Guidance for the health sector – 8 October 2021 (Word, 444 KB)
- COVID-19 Testing Guidance for the health sector – 8 October (PDF, 606 KB)
The Aotearoa New Zealand Testing Plan provides clear and flexible guidance for a sensitive detection system for COVID-19.
The Plan is supplemented by Outbreak Plans when needed.
The overall Testing Plan takes a systematic risk-based approach to testing, focused on having the most sensitive detection system. It defines four settings for testing:
- in other countries (outside the border, ongoing)
- at the border (ongoing)
- in the community (ongoing)
- testing for contact tracing and cluster management (when required).
- Aotearoa New Zealand’s COVID-19 Testing Plan - 11 August 2021 (Word, 398 KB)
- Aotearoa New Zealand’s COVID-19 Testing Plan - 11 August 2021 (PDF, 543 KB)