It's vital you stay home if you're sick, and contact your GP or healthline. Keep track of where you've been and who you've seen, and keep social gatherings to less than 10. You can learn more about our alert level and its restrictions at covid19.govt.nz.
For an update on cases head to the Ministry of Health's current cases page.
There is a COVID-19 Alert Level System in place across New Zealand. We are currently at Level 2.
Coronavirus is a large group of viruses which cause illnesses such as the common cold. COVID-19 was first reported in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.
A dry cough. fever, fatigue shortness of breath, sore throat. Its difficult to differentiate between COVID-19 and the common flu.
Symptoms take anywhere from 2 to 10 days to show after a person has been infected and not everyone has symptoms.
We have been asked to refrain from physical contact to prevent COVID-19 spreading further. This means suspending customs like hongi or harirū alongside kissing, hugging and other forms of close contact.
We are at Level 2: Reduce. We must continue to contain.
We are currently working across Waves 3 and 4 of the Pandemic. This involves transitioning from a medical and clinical focus to a social and employment one.
With regular open days in Whakatāne, Kawerau and Ōpōtiki as well as pop up sites in other rural areas, a current list of assessment centres open in the next week is available here.
No referrals necessary, anyone with flu-like symptoms is encouraged to come to an assessment centre, no appointment necessary.
The sites are being run by Te Puna Ora o Mataatua in partnership with the Eastern Bay Primary Health Alliance - with the support of the BOPDHB.
Like the common flu, COVID-19 spreads from person to person — through coughing, sneezing and conversations.
It can also sit on surfaces and can be picked up through touch afterwards—where the hand then touches mouth, nose or face.
If you have been overseas you must self-isolate for 14 days. If you show symptoms during this time, please visit your nearest assessment centre.
Once patients have been diagnosed with COVID-19 the majority go on to make a full recovery.
The elderly (60+) are the most vulnerable part of our population.
Most vaccines take months if not years to develop. It's still helpful to get your annual flu vaccine - to protect you from influenza and keep the pressure off New Zealand's medical services.
As cases increase, the curve gets higher. In order to stop the virus from spreading and flatten the curve, the government puts in place social controls to prevent interaction, assembly and movement.