It is important that workers who are unwell do not come into contact with others, and that anyone who has cold or flu symptoms does not enter the premises at any alert level – posters are available from COVID-19.govt.nz to display at the entryway to your building.
If a worker is sick with COVID-19, or required to self-isolate under Ministry of Health guidelines, the first consideration for an employer should be to look after people, contain COVID-19 and protect public health
Employers should not require or knowingly allow workers to come to a workplace when they are sick with COVID-19 or required to self-isolate under public health guidelines for COVID-19. If they do, they are likely to be in breach of their duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act
Symptoms can take up to 14 days to show after a person has been infected. A person can pass on the virus to others before they know they have it - from up to two days before symptoms develop
If workers have COVID-like symptoms, or have been in contact with a confirmed or probable case, they shouldn’t come back to work until they have been symptom-free for 48 hours, or have been tested and cleared from having COVID-19
Symptoms can include:
These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.
The Ministry of Health advises that if anyone is unwell with respiratory symptoms they should first call their GP or Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453, who will assess whether they should be tested for COVID-19.
In Northland, information on where our Community Based Testing Centres are located can be found here, which also contains useful links and resources about COVID-19.