Health workers, Maori test

According to the SDHB, the South enjoyed rapid turnaround of test results compared with many other places.

A Covid-19 update included in the agenda for this week’s board meeting outlined how, in the early days of the outbreak, specimens had to be sent out of the district for processing.

‘‘Southern Community Laboratories, however, developed innovative solutions which brought the ability for testing to Dunedin and it also saw a different way of processing the testing, enabling a 3.5-hour turnaround from the commencement of the processing until the result was available.’’

There had been some difficulties in transporting swabs around the health board area, but those had been fixed.

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