• Coronavirus: Northland Specific Questions
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    Is Northland prepared?

    The Northern region’s four District Health Boards, their hospitals, and Public Health Services have infection prevention and control measures for staff, patients, and the public. Healthcare professionals are receiving advice as it comes to hand and has previously planned and prepared for similar viruses, such as the SARS virus in 2003.

    Front line health care staff in primary care, accident and medical clinics, ambulance services, and hospital emergency departments know what to look for, who and how to test people, and what equipment they need to reduce the risk of the infection being passed to others.

    As with suspected cases of measles, people who are suspected of having COVID-19 and are well enough to stay at home, are isolated there until test results are available. As with measles cases, people with confirmed COVID-19 who need to be admitted to hospital are cared for in isolation. As we see with measles and influenza, some people with COVID-19 will be seriously unwell and will need to be admitted to intensive care.

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    Can we get tested for COVID-19 (Corona Virus) in Northland?

    We have COVID-19 Community Based Testing Clinics throughout Northland for testing all people who have symptoms or have travelled and become unwell or developed symptoms.

    Who should get tested?

    A COVID-19 Community Based Testing Clinic is for testing all people who have symptoms and have travelled overseas or been exposed to a case of covid-19 in the last two weeks and become unwell or developed symptoms.

    COVID-19 symptoms include a Fever OR at least one of the following symptoms: Shortness of Breath, Cough or Sore Throat.

    To get coronavirus from someone requires close contact. This is why when people are waiting to be tested; they are advised to observe physical distancing. This means that each family or person stands around two meters away from another person.

    Please feel free to wait in your car.  A staff member will let you know when it is your turn.

    The staff we have moving around to support people while they wait are not with any one person long enough to be at risk of catching COVID-19.

    Our staff members who are taking the swabs for testing are wearing full PPE – a mask, gloves, gowns, and eye protection which is the same protection we advise in primary care.

    Patients are given written advice about when to expect their results and what to do next. Most results will be sent out via text message, with other options available to people who don’t have a mobile phone. We expect the test results to take five days to be available.

    Click here to view where Community Testing Centres are located and to see who will be tested.

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    What about Tikanga Māori and gatherings?

    The Government has recently issued advice about cancelling mass gatherings/events. This is an important aspect of our public health strategy to delay the onset of community transmission of COVID-19, and to limit the infection’s spread if community transmission occurs.

    Cancelling mass gatherings will help slow the spread of COVID-19 in New Zealand, reduce the number of people infected, and protect those who are more vulnerable to severe illness (such as our kaumātua).

    Click here for more information.

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    How can we support the Northland COVID-19 Emergency Response?

    By referring to all the advice given out via this website, our Facebook page and the Government’s official COVID-19 website you are helping us deal with this situation appropriately, knowing that we can get on with supporting the healthcare of our Northland community.

    Physical distancing is essential, but so is social connection. Physical distancing does not mean social distancing. There are many ways we can continue to interact with friends and family around the country.  In fact, it’s now more important than ever to remember to frequently check in with friends, family, neighbours – people can and should be doing this over the phone or online.

    If you feel you are not coping, it is important to talk with a health professional. For support with grief, anxiety, distress or mental wellbeing, you can call or text 1737free, anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – to talk with a trained counsellor.