No positive results a positive result for town

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Testing time... East Gore resident Lynda Foreman relaxes after having a swab taken for a Covid-19 test at the pop-up station on Ordsal St on Friday.PHOTO:SANDY EGGLESTON

Gore residents 398, Covid-19 nil is the result from a pop-up testing station in the town last Friday.

Almost 400 people either drove or walked through the station, set up on Ordsal St.

Southern District Health Board medical officer of health Susan Jack said from the results there was no evidence of Covid-19 in the Gore community at present.

“We are grateful to the people of Gore for coming to be tested,Dr Jack said.

If there had been a positive result the usual protocols would have been followed to urgently investigate the case.

“The idea would be to rapidly respond and stop any possible ongoing transmission of Covid-19 in the community.”

WellSouth medical director Stephen Graham said he was very pleased with the turnout.

us great support on Friday.

“We want to thank everyone who came out and had a Covid test.

“You’re helping us to ensure there continues to be no Covid in our communities.”

Gore Mayor Tracy Hicks said even though the procedure was not pleasant, he would encourage people to get a test.

“It certainly brings tears to your eyes but a lot worse things can happen in life.”

East Gore resident Lynda Foreman said having the swab taken was “not too bad”.

“I thought I would do my bit,” Ms Foreman said.

Free testing continues to be available through general practices across the region.

Anyone with symptoms should get tested.

Contact your GP or dial 0800 VIRUS 19 (0800847-8719) to be referred for testing.