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We are at ALERT LEVEL 2 - Reduce

This will be in place for all of New Zealand outside of Auckland, until at least Tuesday September 21.

If you're sick stay home and contact your GP or Healthline. Keep track of where you've been and who you've seen. Indoor gatherings are limited to 50 people, and outdoor gatherings 100. Schools and public places and businesses can now operate. You can learn more about alert level restrictions at www.covid19.govt.nz.

For an update on cases head to the Ministry of Health's current cases page.

ALERT LEVEL 2

There is a COVID-19 Alert Level System in place across New Zealand.

Origins

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.

Delta Variant

The Delta Variant is the dominant strain of the COVID-19 virus. It is easily transmissible between people and has a higher risk of needing hospitalisation. The Variant was first identified in India in December 2020.

More information about the Delta Variant can be found here.

Symptoms

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.

What to do at Level 2

• At Alert Level 2, there are no restrictions on who can be included in your household bubble.
• You can go to work, and all businesses and services can open but legally must follow public health rules.
• Early learning services, schools, kura and tertiary education facilities are open to everyone.
• Even if you have been vaccinated, you still need to follow the rules to keep everyone safe.
• Keep track of where you have been
• Face coverings are now mandatory in most public/indoors venues
• Indoor gatherings/settings are limited to 50 people
Outdoor gatherings/settings are limited to 100 people

View the full alert system here.

Tikanga Māori

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.

Response Stage

We are at Level 2: Reduce: Low risk of community transmission within applied area.

COVID-19 Waves

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.

Stages of covid-19 symptoms
COVID19 Waves

Testing and assessment

Contact your GP if you think you need to be tested. Tests are currently operated through pathlab via GP referral or check out the dates we are operating on our testing page.

How It Spreads

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.

Impact

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.

Vaccines

There are a number of vaccines being rolled out and tested. For more information head to the COVID 19 Vaccines page

What does Flattening the Curve Mean?

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.

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