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COVID-19


Northland Vaccination Status

The latest vaccination status data displayed on our website is now aligned with Ministry of Health data which reflects the eligible population dominator of 161,320.  Northland DHB updates this data presentation weekly, reflecting the previous week’s progress as at 29 Nov 2021.

 

Updated: 3 December 2021 - 10am

Cases in Community 

  • There has been one new case notified in the last 24 hours in Northland
  • The case is in Kaitaia, a household contact of a previous case
  • Please NOTE that one case in North Cape that was notified as a probable case on Sunday has been further investigated and made NOT A CASE
  • There are 16 active cases in home isolation
  • 70 cases have been released from isolation
  • There are no cases currently in hospital.

Wastewater Detection

  • Positive wastewater detection in Ahipara from a sample taken on 25 November. There was a case isolating in Ahipara released from isolation on 15 November however previous samples from there during the infectious period tested negative

  • Positive wastewater detection in Dargaville from 29 November. This is likely to be related to recent cases in Dargaville. The last active case in Dargaville was released on 27 November.

COVID-19 Northland Testing & Vaccination Information 

We strongly advise anyone in Northland who has cold or flu symptoms to stay home, and to have a COVID-19 test. There are testing sites across Northland – visit Healthpoint for a complete list.

Testing is an important part of our COVID-19 response in Northland as it ensures that any community transmission is detected.  

COVID-19 Testing 

  • 687 tests were done across Northland on 2 December 2021 

If you don’t have COVID-19 symptoms but are concerned please go and get tested. 

This latest outbreak is a strong reminder for our population to be vaccinated and to be tested when appropriate.   

We remind people that, as standard protocol, locations of interest are deep cleaned to ensure there is no ongoing risk of transmission from the premise.

COVID-19 Case Isolation Periods 

Many of the recent cases in Northland have completed or are nearing the completion of their 10-day isolation period.  

The 10-day isolation period ensures that cases are no longer infectious when released back to the community. 

This is part of a nationally agreed protocol for case isolation based on evidence around the infectious period for COVID-19. 

When released, individuals can get on with everyday life under the same rules as everyone else for the given Alert Level of the area they live in.  

Even if a person who has completed their 10-day isolation has been still living with someone completing their 10-day isolation they are still deemed safe to leave and go back into the community and not be a risk of infecting others.

Health Navigator hosts lots of really helpful resources for people self-isolating at home with COVID-19 and includes information to help guide caring for a child at home.

COVID-19 Symptoms and where to go if you have symptoms

The symptoms of COVID-19 are like common illnesses such as a cold or influenza. You may have one or more of the following:

  • sneezing and runny nose
  • new or worsening cough
  • sore throat
  • fever (at least 38˚C)
  • shortness of breath
  • temporary loss of smell
  • altered sense of taste.

Less typical symptoms may include diarrhoea, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, or confusion/irritability.

If you have any of these symptoms, contact your doctor, Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or your iwi health provider.

A health professional will tell you whether you fit the criteria for testing. Call your doctor before visiting.

If you get a test, stay at home until you receive a negative test result AND until 24 hours after symptoms resolve.

Symptoms tend to appear 5 days after a person has been infected but can take 14 days to show. The virus can be passed on to others before they know they have it – from up to 2 days before symptoms develop. Additionally, it is possible to be infected without having any symptoms. More information is available here on symptoms and testing.

We recommend that everyone:

  • wears face coverings in public areas
  • washes their hands regularly
  • use the NZ COVID Tracer app to keep track of everywhere they go
  • get vaccinated if they haven’t already - This is our best protection against COVID-19.  

Traffic Light Setting

  • COVID-19 Protection Framework traffic light setting started today, Northland is now at Red - please check the Unite against COVID-19 for more information.
Accessing Healthcare and Appointments 

Our hospitals are continuing to operate under Traffic Light Setting Red with a revised Visitor Policy in place. You should access health care services as usual, and you can travel to access health care, if you need to. 

Anyone who has a hospital appointment in Northland should attend their appointment if they are well. Some appointments may be held virtually (using Zoom or phone) – you will be advised if this is the case for you.

Note that we are currently screening all visitors at the hospital entrance, which may add a few extra minutes at the beginning of your visit. All visitors must wear a face mask.

Pregnancy and Post Natal Care 

If you are pregnant or caring for a newborn baby, it is understandable that you may be experiencing heightened levels of anxiety and distress while New Zealand is working to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Please note that our maternity facilities will remain open to provide services during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are due to give birth, please check with your midwife or lead Maternity Carer (LMC) about the plans they have in place for you.

Your postnatal in-person visits may be affected. Your midwife will do as much as possible over the phone or via video calling. Physical assessments of you and your baby will still occur but will be done as quickly as possible.

If you require support with breastfeeding your midwife will be able to provide this. For further information please visit Ministry of Health.

My Vaccine Pass

  • The Vaccine Pass is required from today.  You will be legally required to provide your My Vaccine Pass to enter places that have vaccination requirements in place under the traffic light system. This may include hospitality venues, events, gatherings and gyms
  • You cannot be asked to provide your My Vaccine Pass to access basic needs services, such as supermarkets, public transport, and essential healthcare 
  • My Vaccine Pass is an official record of your COVID-19 vaccination status for use in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Ministry of Health has made changes to the way the contact centre phone system works so it can take more calls. Please be patient — it may still take 10 to 20 minutes for your call to be answered.

If you have a query about My Vaccine Pass, you can call 0800 222 478 between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week. If your request is not urgent, please try calling after 6pm or in the weekend.

My COVID Record Everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand aged 16 and over can now view their COVID-19 vaccination records online.

You do not need to have a booster dose to be ‘fully vaccinated’ for My Vaccine Pass or an International Travel Vaccination Certificate. You do not need to have a booster dose to be ‘fully vaccinated’ for My Vaccine Pass or an International Travel Vaccination Certificate.

If you do get a booster dose, it will be added to My Covid Record and you can create another pass.

Getting a booster

  • Anyone aged 18 or older who had their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months ago can get a booster.
  • If you’re eligible, you can book an appointment for your booster dose on BookMyVaccine.nz or by calling the COVID Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26 (8am to 8pm, 7 days a week).
  • Healthcare and border workers who got their second Pfizer vaccine dose over 6 months ago are a priority group for booster doses.
  • People can get a booster if they got their earlier vaccinations in New Zealand or overseas and regardless of which vaccine they got overseas.
  • Boosters are available at vaccination clinics, pharmacies, and GP clinics.
  • The Pfizer vaccine for boosters is the same formula and dosage used already in New Zealand’s vaccination rollout.
  • No prescription or written consent form is needed to get a Pfizer vaccine booster dose.
  • Booster vaccine doses are free.
  • Booster doses are not currently needed to get a My Vaccine Pass.

Boundary Information 

Saliva Testing - For businesses and individuals travelling over the Alert Level boundaries information about saliva testing, including pick up and drop off locations in Northland is available here

Financial Assistance

 

 

 

 
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