Hundreds of Tarnakis gathered in Auckland to take the Quaid 19 test in the wake of the Delta’s discovery.
On Thursday morning, one of the people tested was Paul Bishop.
The Okura man was removed from the Taranaki Base Hospital Cove 19 test station on Wednesday because he was too late in line before the station closed.
The Taranaki District Health Board (TDHB) website says the testing center is open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but the times are “flexible on demand.”
Bishop’s second attempt was more successful. He was one of about 50 people lined up at Tokapa St. and Boreal Avenue around 10 a.m.
The number of people being tested has risen dramatically since moving to New Zealand’s Level 4 lockdown at 11.59pm on Tuesday night, when the 58-year-old positively experienced extremely transferable stress.
As of Thursday afternoon, 21 cases had been confirmed in the Auckland community, with both Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield saying they expected more.
During the morning, 160 tests were performed at Taranaki Base Hospital, with the rest of the area still being compiled by the Taranaki District Health Board (TDHB).
On Wednesday, about 500 tests of Quand-19 were conducted in Tarnaki, TDHB said.
The bishop said he tried to test Wednesday afternoon, returning from Turanga where he was working.
He had a sore throat so he thought he should get tested.
“I showed up. There was a long line of cars. I don’t know how many, because it was moving on different roads.
The bishops arrived at about 2.10pm and joined the queue at Tokapa St., he said.
And at about 2.15 pm a tall boy came out and said, “You won’t make it. The nurses are going home at 3 o’clock.
The bishop was shocked.
The website said from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but in my opinion we are in this level 4 crisis. We’re trying to figure out what’s in the community, and not putting in any extra staff – it’s a little bit, really, I guess.
He said no one was looking at the big picture.
“I know wages are short, but it’s obviously a big deal. I was not the only one.
The center is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and has not closed since then, said Lydia Roy, Taranaki DHB’s Coveid 19 testing lead.
“And we’re working extended hours to allow more people who need tests.”
We are working to ensure that those who have visited the site of interest are given priority to test the symptoms of covid 19.
Queues are limited to 3pm so go through the already waiting numbers and complete the test on time. It is assessed in terms of demand.
Testing centers are open at Tarnaki Base Hospital, Hovera Hospital, Medicross in New Plymouth, Vitara Health Center and Openak Health Center.
Ngāruahine Health Service is also running several pop-up testing clinics in central and southern Tarnaki in the coming days.
The clinic will be held Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the old St. Kitbert’s Church in Minya, and on Thursday afternoon, between 1.30 and 3.30 at the Stanford War Memorial Car Park.
On Friday afternoon, a testing clinic will be held at Kapunga Town Hall in Kaponga, between 1.30pm and 3pm.