Community testing station closed during weekend in Kaitaia

Community testing station closed during weekend in Kaitaia

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Lance O’Sullivan live streamed Facebook video.

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Facebook user Lance O’Sullivan live-streamed to social media at around 1:00 pm today, announcing that the community based testing station in Kaitaia is closed during the weekend. 

The Kaitaia Hospital is still open, but for the testing for COVID-19, it isn’t for the weekends. So an alternative has been set up by Lance O’Sullivan that has proven to be more suitable than outside the Hospital.

The country has no idea how many cases there are because people have not been tested but turned away. Most are probably going about regular business and spreading it more.

“The Community based testing station in Kaitaia is closed. Operates only five days a week,” said Lance O’Sullivan.

Lance mentioned he was at The Warehouse car park with a patient that had symptoms of COVID-19, which is really high risk. The person has been unwell for six days with fevers and has been in contact with a confirmed Coronavirus case, developed a cough, and has hypertension, also known as high blood pressure.

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“as I’m sitting and talking to him, and he’s a lovely person, but he’s got a backseat full of food from the supermarket.”

“This is no criticism of this guy, but he’s been shopping and been unwell.”

“The issue for me is that I want to send him up to get tested at the community-based testing station because we have not been supplied any swabs or any testing gear by the DHB, and I come up, and it’s closed. It’s closed.”

Lance said that if you’re in Kaitaia and you have COVID-19, you have to wait until Monday to get tested at the community testing station.

“I’ve been told by the head of the DHB, the CEO; what the health problem is? We don’t have any cases in Kaitaia, why are we concerned? well, I’m concerned because I live here.”

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Lance came up to the Hospital to ask for swabs; he only got three because there are only four in Kaitaia. He has got two patients that needed to be swabbed at The Warehouse car park. 

“That means there are two cases in all of Kaitaia. So those people that are out there at the moment that need to be tested for COVID-19; come in fast because there are only two swabs in all of Kaitaia.”

If the patient had been tested positive, Lance mentioned that he’d be able to say to the patients that they cannot go shopping and stay at home.

“I’m not critical of him; I’m critical of this system that is not testing enough. We either test fully, or we forget about it. My question is, how are we going to do it if we only have got three swabs in all of Kaitaia Hospital. Three swabs.” said Lance O’Sullivan.

Lance said that it is a frustrating time.

“I am going back to see, one of them is short of breath and may end up in Hospital. We will be able to swab these today, but we are not going to be able to swab anyone this afternoon.”

He had sent out a team to Taipa, who has got five swabs to test people; Lance said to his team that they could only check the ones who are having symptoms of COVID-19 because there are only five swabs.

“You have got a government telling us there is 5,000 a day being tested around the country… well, it ain’t up here, and it’s only Monday to Friday — 8 am to 5 pm.”

“I have to say you know this is a big worry; we have a community now that will be worried if they want to go to the supermarket now. I’m sorry to post this up, but shit is not happening here. It’s serious.” said Lance O’Sullivan.

Lance thought there was a health concern up north; he said that he and his team are trying to do something in the community, but there have been people saying there were no cases in Kaitaia.

“That sucks, okay. I’m going to leave you now. I’m going to go back down and do the swab with the three swabs I got on two people and, don’t come to the Hospital because it’s closed.” Wait until Monday.

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