Coronavirus Update – Ministry of Education / Health update

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – MINISTRY OF EDUCATION/HEALTH UPDATE

The Prime Minister has announced the first case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in New Zealand.   The Ministry of Health has noted that although we have our first case of COVID-19, the chances of community outbreak remain low.

This case was identified because the person affected and their family did the right thing and got in touch with health authorities.

This is a good wake up call.  New Zealand has been free of the virus to date, but we knew that would not last. For now this doesn’t affect what you already are doing and the plans you and health authorities have in place. Continue to reinforce messages about hygiene practices. Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defence:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • cover coughs and sneezes with clean tissues or your elbow
  • put used tissues in the bin.

Encourage staff and students to stay home if unwell.

We are still focused on keeping it out, and now stomping it out through track, trace and contain. It’s important we all continue to be alert but not alarmed.

— If you have any concerns about the possibility that someone does have a communicable disease, your first step is to contact your local district health board for advice and support. Contact details for specific DHBs can be found here. If the individual with a suspected case is still in your school or service, isolate them from others, until you have received medical advice.

We encourage you to keep updated about the status of COVID-19 on the Ministry of Health website.