Wednesday 26 August 2020

Please visit the WorkSafe website to understand their approach during this time. 

Pike River Recovery Agency information to staff about the COVID-19 situation below:

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Alert Level 2 for us, Auckland at Alert Level 3

As always, if you have cold or flu-like symptoms, please stay home and call Healthline for free on 0800 358 5453 or your doctor for advice about getting a free COVID-19 test. Let your manager know what’s happening.

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How do I protect myself?

You should always practice good hygiene by: 

  • covering coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues, or cough/sneeze into your elbow – that catches the droplets and stops them getting on your hands.
  • washing hands for at least 20 seconds with water and soap, and drying them thoroughly:
  • before eating or handling food
  • after using the toilet
  • after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose or wiping children’s noses
  • after caring for sick people
  • after handling pets.

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Face coverings to be compulsory on public transport

Face coverings on public and passenger transport will be the new normal from 11:59 pm on Sunday 30 August.

To help stop the spread, everyone will have to wear a face covering on buses, trains, ferries, planes, taxis, and Ubers anywhere in the country.

Face coverings help keep you and others safe as they can help stop infectious droplets spreading when people speak, laugh, cough or sneeze. A bandana or a scarf can be used if you do not have a mask.

If you’re using public transport, use physical distancing, wear a face covering and follow staff directions.

The Government COVID-19 website has ideas on how to make your own face covering, plus advice on using and looking after your washable face covering properly. 

QR codes mandatory for all businesses and services

The display of QR codes will be mandatory for businesses and other venues at all Alert Levels.

A separate QR poster is needed for each unique location. Each location must display their poster in either a prominent place or near main entrances.

Auckland

From Sunday, gatherings in Auckland will be limited to 10 people, even under Alert Level 2.

Funerals and tangihanga will be limited to 50 people, and have to meet other conditions set by the Ministry of Health.

Outside Auckland, gatherings at Alert Level 2 such as church services and social events will continue to be limited to 100 people.

Police checkpoints will go and inter-regional travel will be possible when Auckland goes to Alert Level 2 at 11:59 pm on Sunday 30 August 2020. 

Until Auckland goes to Alert Level 2, only some people are permitted to travel across the regional boundary. See the list of permitted cross-border travel here .

Plan A or Plan B?

The Spinoff has an interesting article by Dr Siouxsie Wiles – expanding on the Government’s current elimination strategy (Plan A) and the alternative “Learn to live/die with the virus” (Plan B).  Click on the image below to take you there.

The Spinoff article about COVID-19 plan A or B graphicHope you find the above information helpful.
Regards
Michelle Wessing
CHIEF OF STAFF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms include a fever, coughing and shortness of breath. Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to a range of other illnesses such as influenza and do not necessarily mean that you have COVID-19.  If you have these symptoms call Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or your local doctor for the most up to date professional advice.  If you are severely unwell, for example having trouble breathing, contact emergency services.

What should I do about work if I’m showing symptoms?
First, contact Healthline or your doctor.  Let your manager know what’s happening.  

How do I protect myself?
You should always practice good hygiene by: 

  • covering coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues, or cough/sneeze into your elbow – that catches the droplets and stops them getting on your hands.
  • washing hands for at least 20 seconds with water and soap, and drying them thoroughly:
  • before eating or handling food
  • after using the toilet
  • after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose or wiping children’s noses
  • after caring for sick people
  • after handling pets.

People with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice good cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues, and wash hands). If you have concerns, you can contact the dedicated COVID-19 Healthline for free on 0800 358 5453.

The Government website www.covid19.govt.nz is the source of truth for all information.