18 Jun 2020

Auckland contact tracing times 'concerning' - Hendy

From Morning Report, 6:35 am on 18 June 2020

An Auckland University professor who has been modelling the spread of Covid-19 says it's "concerning" that contact tracing and testing times in the Auckland region has failed to meet the gold standard.

Ministry of Health figures released to RNZ show that between April 13 and May 29, 79 percent of close contacts in Auckland were traced within 48 hours, 79 percent of people were tested within two days of the onset of their symptoms, and 74 percent got their results back within a day.

The target for all three is 80 percent. Expert data modeller, Shaun Hendy, says even though the region was close to reaching the targets, people need to have confidence that the country's largest public health unit can quickly respond to an outbreak.