The latest interactive map and dashboard(external link)of COVID-19 wastewater sampling locations throughout New Zealand includes the results of all tests taken up to and including Saturday, 16 October.The weekly report highlights all sites tested since 11 September.
The most recent results highlight several new detections including in Raglan, Hamilton, Omaha, Helensville and Beachlands.
The dashboard is updated every Wednesday to include the results of testing for the week up to the preceding Saturday.
Since the beginning of the delta outbreak, ESR has tested more than 1,300 samples from 176 locations.
ESR undertakes testing of wastewater throughout New Zealand on behalf of the Ministry for Health for the presence of SARS CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19.
The results of ESR’s testing play an important part of New Zealand’s response to COVID-19, along with community testing and genome sequencing. This early warning can lead to increased local vigilance and clinical testing and allow health authorities to target public health advice to prevent transmission.