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COVID-19 update  

24 February 2021 

 

All of New Zealand is now at Alert Level 1. Auckland moved to Alert Level 1 at midnight on Monday February 22.

 

It is vital that we all remain on guard against the COVID-19 virus and maintain good health and safety procedures.

 

One new rule for Alert Level 1 is that face masks are now compulsory on all public transport in New Zealand.

 

More about Alert Level 1

 

If you are unwell 

 If you’re sick, stay home. Do not go to work or school. Do not socialise. 

  • If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, call your doctor or Healthline -- 0800 358 5453 -- and get advice about being tested. 
  • If you have been told to self-isolate you legally must do so immediately. 

  

Remember, COVID-19 testing is free. 

 

 COVID-19 symptoms include: 

  • a new or worsening cough 
  • a fever of at least 38°C 
  • shortness of breath 
  • sore throat 
  • sneezing and runny nose  
  • temporary loss of smell. 

  

Keep track of where you’ve been 

You should keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen. This helps with rapid contact tracing if it’s required. 

How to keep track of where you’ve been 

Alert Level 1 - what you need to know

24 February 2021

   

Testing for COVID-19 at Alert Level 1

 

If you have COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, loss of sense of smell, difficulty breathing), you should get tested. The Whanganui Hospital campus CBAC, 100 Heads Road, is open every Monday to Friday, 8am to 3.30pm. 

 

Outside these times, please call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or go to Whanganui Accident and Medical (WAM) which is open 8am to 9pm, seven days a week -- call 06 348 1300 for WAM.

 

The hospital CBAC is a drive-through/walk-up facility -- no appointment is needed and there is no charge.

 

Getting tested at your GP

 

If you are visiting your general practice and it’s more convenient to be assessed there, this is also an option. Please make contact with them ahead of your visit. 

 

General practices (GPs) in Raetihi, Taihape, Bulls and Marton can assess their rural communities – please ring first.

 

Health and hospital services under Alert Level 1 

Primary health services, including appointments, are operating as normal under Alert Level 1, but we encourage everyone to maintain high hygiene standards.

 

Visiting the hospital at Alert Level 1 

 

Whanganui Hospital visiting is operating as normal under Alert Level 1, but we encourage visitors to maintain high hygiene standards.

 

  • Consider your need to visit the hospital if you are unwell with COVID-19 symptoms. Please call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if you are concerned about COVID-19 symptoms or visit the community based assessment centre (CBAC) on the Whanganui Hospital campus
  • If you need emergency care, should go to Whanganui Emergency Department or Whanganui Accident Emergency on the Whanganui Hospital. We are here for you during all COVID-19 Alert Levels.
  • Wash your hands and use hand sanitiser regularly
  • Keep a record of where you have been using the Ministry of Health COVID-19 Tracer app to scan QR codes at the hospital and keep track of your movements. The more we scan, the safer we will be
  • Sometimes our staff may need to limit visitor numbers. 

Whanganui Hospital visiting hours are from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.                                                                                                                                             

Please visit Unite Against Covid or the Ministry of Health website for national information about Covid-19.    

    

 

Download the NZ COVID Tracer app and scan QR codes wherever you go. 
Any future cases need to be quickly identified, and their contacts isolated and tested, to avoid the virus spreading in our communities.
 
Please help people keep track of where they’ve been by using the NZ COVID Tracer app and scanning QR Code posters.

 

Get your QR code  

  

Face coverings at Alert Level 1

At Alert Level 1, face coverings legally must be worn:

  • on all public transport to, from and through New Zealand — including on long-distance bus and train journeys, as well as ferries
  • on domestic flights throughout New Zealand
  • by taxi and ride-share drivers — while it’s not compulsory for passengers to wear them, we strongly encourage you to.

The requirement to wear face coverings on public transport applies to all of New Zealand at Alert Levels 1 and 2 from 11:59pm 17 February 2021, until further notice. This will be reviewed by Cabinet on Monday 22 February.

 

Wear a face covering

 

Alert Level 2 - what you need to know

Testing for COVID-19 at Alert Level 2

 

 

Getting tested at your GP

 

If you are visiting your general practice and it’s more convenient to be assessed there, this is also an option. Please make contact with them ahead of your visit. 

 

General practices (GPs) in Raetihi, Taihape, Bulls and Marton can assess their rural communities – please ring first.

 

Health and hospital services under Alert Level 2 

 

Visiting the hospital at Alert Level 2 

 

 

Download the NZ COVID Tracer app and scan QR codes wherever you go. 
Any future cases need to be quickly identified, and their contacts isolated and tested, to avoid the virus spreading in our communities.
 
Please help people keep track of where they’ve been by using the NZ COVID Tracer app and scanning QR Code posters.

 

Get your QR code  

  

Face coverings at Alert Level 2

 

 

 

  • The total number of people with confirmed Covid-19 in the Whanganui Region is nine (9). 
  • All confirmed have now recovered. There have been no cases since April 2020.
  • Please visit Unite Against Covid or the Ministry of Health website for national information about Covid-19.