For more information including cases by ethnicity, and testing rates, please visit the Ministry of Health’s website.


Frequently asked questions – COVID-19 data

How is ‘recovery’ determined?

A person is confirmed as recovered if they have had no symptoms for at least 72 hours or 10 days since the onset of symptoms, whichever is the longest. If someone is only unwell for two days, they must wait for eight days of no symptoms before being confirmed as recovered. If someone is sick for 10 days they must wait for 72 hours before being confirmed as recovered. Recovery is recorded by a health professional.

What is meant by ‘confirmed’ and ‘probable’?

A confirmed case is a positive test result.

A probable case is someone who has not been tested, or has tested negative, but the clinician treating that person has diagnosed them as a probable case due to their links to travel or exposure to a confirmed case.

Probable cases are treated as if they had tested positive and the actions taken for them are the same as for confirmed cases – self-isolation and active contact tracing.

What is a suspect case?

A suspect case is someone who is waiting on test results.

How to use this data

Please note, data is accurate as of the time indicated. Note that data is subject to change due to ongoing case investigation and reclassification and the data extract may vary from data reported from other organizations. This data should be used for informational purposes only and in the context of the wider health system response to COVID-19. For further information and additional levels of data, please see the Ministry of Health’s website.

COVID-19 monitoring by Regional Public Health

COVID-19 is a notifiable disease. This means anyone being tested for disease or found to be a confirmed or probable case are monitored by Regional Public Health and their GP or health professional throughout their illness.

Important to note

  • People in the Wellington region continue to be tested for COVID-19 on a daily basis
  • As testing continues new cases can emerge
  • If you are unwell with COVID-19 symptoms or any other illness, call Healthline on 0800 358 5453

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