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Southern Health - COVID-19 Community Testing Centres

Community Health Service COVID-19 Testing

Covid-19 testing

Community Testing Centre

Community based testing is done by general practice in the Southern region. There are no drop-in community-based testing centres or pop up testing sites at present.   

People in Otago or Southland seeking a COVID-19 test should call 0800 VIRUS 19 (0800 847 8719) or their local GP for advice.  If you are offered a test for COVID-19, please take it. It will help us ensure we don’t have community transmission, and help keep your friends and whānau safe. Regardless of where you are tested, COVID-19 testing is free of charge.

Call your GP or 0800 VIRUS19 (0800 847 8719) to get tested. If you don't have a GP, or your GP does not offer COVID-19 tests, you can be tested at a designated practice. Call 0800VIRUS19 / 0800 847 8719 to be arrange testing.


0800 VIRUS 19 Call Centre 

!!! 24 December to  04 January 9am to 12.00pm!!!

As of 05 January 2021, regular hours
9.00am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday
9am to 12.00pm, Weekends and Holidays


COVID-19 information for the Southern region.

Visit the Southern Health website here to find out:

  • where to get help
  • what's open and what's not (hospital and community services)
  • hospital visitor restrictions
  • cases and location alerts in the Southern region
  • advice for workplaces
  • tips for living well in isolation.


Click here to find out where to get a COVID-19 test in the Southern region.

Service Types

COVID-19 / Coronavirus Testing Centre

Screening and prevention

  • COVID-19 / Coronavirus Testing Centre


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This page was last updated at 3:36PM on December 29, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Southern Health - COVID-19 Community Testing Centres.