On New Year’s Eve 2019, the Chinese government advised the World Health Organization (WHO) of cases involving severe pneumonia. Since then, they have confirmed a new type of coronavirus, which affects the respiratory system.
Currently there are no reported cases in this country and the risk of an outbreak in New Zealand is regarded as low. The Ministry of Health is monitoring the situation with guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Our National Infection Prevention and Control team (IPCT) will meet regularly while this emerging public health threat exists. The IPCT will monitor and follow Ministry of Health advice and provide staff and our communities with up to date information regularly. The IPCT will also review the Healthcare NZ Pandemic Plan to ensure it appropriately addresses this situation.
In the meantime, we ask that:
- All staff take all necessary precautions against flu-like symptoms (such as fever, cough, headache, sore throat, aching muscles and joints) and monitor the health of the people we support and themselves. If you or anyone you know is showing flu-like symptoms, please stay at home and seek medical attention. Being away from others can help stop illnesses being spread and other people becoming infected. Please alert the IPCT team if you or people we support show flu like symptoms.
- All branches take this opportunity to ensure that their emergency contingency plans are up to date and accessible.
- All branches review priority ratings, monitored attendance and essential service records for all the people we support and that these are correctly recorded in our Client Management Systems.
Information and updates on corona virus are available on the Ministry’s website.