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COVID-19 Update

posted 12 Mar 2020, 18:22 by Debbie Stevens   [ updated 12 Mar 2020, 19:14 ]
Kia ora Dio Whānau 

Many of you will be aware that the World Health Organisation has now declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic. We have five confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand and all are recovering well.

At Waikato Diocesan School, we have a comprehensive pandemic plan in place and have a team regularly monitoring the situation ready to respond under the guidance of the public health authorities and the Ministry of Education.
The Director-General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, says that although the chance of widespread community outbreak is expected to remain low, fundamental to our New Zealand response is not putting yourself or others at risk if you are unwell. This means not going to work/school or being out in public if you are sick. We all have a role to play in stopping further spreads.

Everybody should follow the following basic principles to reduce the risk of getting an acute respiratory infection or passing it on to others: 
  • regularly washing hands (for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap and dry thoroughly) 
  • practicing cough etiquette (maintain distance, cough into your bent elbow if possible). Cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, dispose of tissues in a rubbish bin  
  • staying home if you are sick until you have recovered
  • avoiding close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
  • if you feel unwell you should avoid public gatherings and events.  
People coming into New Zealand should check out information for travellers arriving to New Zealand as they may be subject to border controls or asked to self-isolate. 

People who have visited countries or areas of concern and who have developed symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath must seek medical advice – phone Healthline’s dedicated COVID-19 number 0800 358 5453 or contact your GP, including phoning ahead of your visit. 

For COVID-19 health advice and information, contact the Healthline team (for free) on 0800 358 5453. 

In order to get information to our families in the fastest and most efficient manner possible, please ensure your parent/caregiver information is correct and up-to-date. Please check this information carefully on our Parent Portal, and update it if necessary. Contact our database administrator, Penny Weinberg, should you need any support with the Portal.

Nāku iti noa, nā

Mary Curran