COVID-19 information

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In response to the outbreak of COVID-19, Te Kotahitanga e Mahi Kaha Trust is working closely with relevant government agencies and we are consistently following their advice to ensure the welfare of all students, staff and community. Within the organisation we are currently undertaking the following precautions and steps to ensure the health and wellbeing of all our students and staff:

  • Students and staff have been continually reminded to:
    • Practise good hygiene, by regularly washing and thoroughly drying their hands, and using good cough and sneeze etiquette. Wash hands frequently, and for at least 20 seconds with water and soap and dry them thoroughly.
    • Not attend if they have returned from overseas and are required to self-isolate for 14 days.
    • Not attend if they are feeling unwell. DO NOT attend class or work if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms call Healthline 0800 358 5453 or call your GP.
  • We have updated our cleaning plan to ensure cleaning is performed more frequently.
  • Te Kotahitanga e Mahi Kaha Trust is in contact and providing support to students and staff requiring safety precautions to prevent COVID-19.
  • We are preparing our readiness for students to perform tasks from home.
  • We are preparing our readiness and guidelines for staff to work from home.

What are the symptoms

The symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • a fever (at least 38°C)
  • a cough 
  • shortness of breath 
  • sneezing or runny nose
  • These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as colds and flu. We don’t yet know how long symptoms take to show after a person has been infected. Current evidence suggests it is 2–10 days.

Prevention - How to protect yourself and others

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with tissues.
  • Place used tissues in the bin immediately.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds).
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
  • Avoid personal contact, such as kissing, sharing cups or food.
  • Call Healthline on 0800 3585453 if you have any symptoms and have been recently overseas or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19. For more information regarding prevention precautions please refer to the Ministry of Health https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-health-advice-general-public#prevention

Tips for managing mental well-being

  • Spend time in places that feel safe and comfortable as much as possible.
  • Tell yourself that how you are feeling is a normal reaction and will pass – it is nothing to be afraid of.
  • Reach out to your usual supports – family, friends and workmates. Sharing how we feel and offering support to others is important.
  • Keep to usual routines – mealtimes, bedtime, exercise and so on.
  • Keep active – going to work, doing usual leisure activities and seeing friends can improve general wellbeing and help distract from distressing feelings. However, if over days and weeks your distress or stress symptoms are escalating or you feel you are not coping, help and professional support is available.
  • If you are in self-isolation, call Healthline first (0800 358 5453). Otherwise, your GP is a good starting point.

Further information

The Government has launched a new website with everything you need to know about COVID-19. Learn the simple steps you can take to unite against the virus and help to slow its spread. Find out what help is available and get reliable information about the situation.

 

Te Kotahitanga e Mahi Trust is closely monitoring the information provided by the New Zealand Ministry of Health and other official channels.

You may recently have travelled overseas and have concerns about what this could mean for yourself, your whānau and community. If you have been overseas within the last 14 days and develop a fever, cough or shortness of breath, phone Healthline’s dedicated COVID-19 number 0800 358 5453 or contact your GP, including phoning ahead of your visit.

New border measures are in place as of Monday 16 March. Most travellers arriving in New Zealand are now required to self isolate for 14 days.

For further information please visit the following websites:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The most up-to-date NZ health advice for travellers is on the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Advice for traveller’s page: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-information-specific-audiences/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-advice-travellers The most up-to-date NZ immigration advice for travellers is on Immigration NZ’s INZ response to the COVID-19 page: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19/coronavirus-update-inz-response
Symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 include mild to severe respiratory illness, similar to influenza. This includes:
  • Fever; OR
  • Respiratory symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing
The Ministry of Health website has the latest information including who should self-isolate and symptoms (under the Health and advice for the public): https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

The best advice is to practise good hygiene and hand-washing techniques, including:

  • Wash hands thoroughly (at least 20 seconds) with soap and water, then dry thoroughly; or, use a hand sanitiser
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue (rather than onto your hands), then put the used tissue straight into the rubbish, then wash your hands
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus

If you have flu-like symptoms, stay at home

If you are unwell and you have symptoms (see MoH COVID-19 symptoms) then you should contact Healthline at 0800 358 5453. Healthline will provide you with advice on what to do next. If you are referred on to a GP (general practitioner) call your GP. Do NOT just appear there in person.
NO all respiratory viruses are highly contagious to others and you should not be at work or attending classes until you have recovered. If you have flu-like symptoms, particularly those matching those of COVID-19 (above) then you must contact Healthline at 0800 358 5453 and get advice on your symptoms and what you need to do next. Please stay at home and avoid people until you have spoken to Healthline and know what do next.
Self-isolation is an effective precautionary measure to protect those around you – your family, friends, and colleagues – from contracting COVID-19. It means taking simple, common-sense steps to avoid close contact with other people as much as possible, like you would with the seasonal flu virus. Self-isolation means avoiding situations where you could infect other people. This means any situation where you may come in close contact with others (face to face contact closer than 1 metre for more than 15 minutes), such as social gatherings, work, school, child care/pre-school centres, university, faith-based gatherings, aged care and healthcare facilities, prisons, sports gatherings, restaurants, and all public gatherings. For more information on self-isolation, please visit the Ministry of Health’s webpage on self-isolation: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-health-advice-general-public/covid-19-self-isolation If you are unsure if you should be self-isolating, please contact Healthline (if you are in New Zealand) for free on 0800 358 5453.

Keeping your distance from others during the Covid-19 pandemic is a vital part of slowing the spread of the virus because its survival depends on us passing it to one another.

  • Avoid crowded spaces
  • Avoid unnecessary contact with others, including hugging and shaking hands. Keep at least 1 metre distance from others.
  • Work from home if you can – This isn’t possible for a lot of people, but for those who can, working from home and reducing the amount of people in the office can not only help you from contracting the virus, but also spreading it to others.

You can go outside, to the supermarket and any other small gatherings as well as most public places as long as you keep a reasonable distance from others. It’s also important to avoid touching your face and wash your hands after you’ve been out in public.

The World Health Organisation advises that Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

The World Health Organisation advises that people can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.

The World Health Organisation describes the “incubation period” as the time between catching the virus and beginning to have symptoms of the disease. WHO advises that most estimates of the incubation period for COVID-19 range from 1-14 days, most commonly around five days. These estimates will be updated by WHO as more data become available.

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