Thursday, December 9

Covid-19 isolation requirements: what to do if you are a contact


The Director General of Health has reminded the public of the rules around isolation as hundreds of Covid-19 case contacts are identified.

The government chart for self-isolation under the Covid-19 alert level four lockdown.

The government chart for self-isolation under the Covid-19 alert level four lockdown.
Photo: Supplied

There were more than 360 contacts formally identified as of Thursday’s 1 p.m. coronavirus update, with more expected.

Today, Dr. Ashley Bloomfield said: “Isolation by close contacts when at alert level 4 requires that they isolate themselves separately from other members of the household. Therefore, it is not isolation within the bubble. of home.

“From [Thursday] In the morning, more than 360 individual contacts have been identified; this excludes contacts from large settings such as Avondale College and Central Auckland Church of Christ, where an evaluation is still ongoing.

“Throughout today, that number will continue to increase significantly …

“If people have been to a place of interest, remember … isolate if they are not already, that is, if they are an essential worker. That means they cannot go out to the supermarket, the pharmacy or anywhere else. while you’re at it. Call Healthline for advice. “

Bloomfield reiterated that under the latest section 70 order, people were legally required to isolate themselves and undergo tests if they were in a place of interest.

“There is a separate section 70 notice that applies to the household contacts of a person who has been to a place of interest. According to that section 70 notice, and this is something new, they also need to be isolated, and this means not they can go out for no reason and if they are an essential worker they have to isolate themselves, until that person who has been in a place of interest has returned a negative test after day five. “

Section 70 orders

TO section 70 order It was issued on August 17 for any person who went to the places of interest at the times and on the dates indicated by the Ministry of Health (MINSA).

The order requires them to:

  • Isolate or quarantine at your usual place of residence (which for visitors, includes accommodation)
  • Show up for medical tests by contacting Healthline (0800 358 5453) and notify that you are a contact for a Covid-19 case.
  • Undergo medical tests for Covid-19 at a time and place appropriate for your current location and the time of your last potential exposure to Covid-19, as set out in the guidance published on the website of the Ministry of Health.
  • Except when it is required to report and undergo tests according to the instructions: a) remain isolated or in quarantine in their usual place of residence for the time indicated, or on behalf of, a medical health official, but: b) no more of 14 days from the date of your last potential exposure to Covid-19, as established in the guide published on the website of the Ministry of Health

Another section 70 order was issued on August 18 for any domestic contact by people who had been to a place of interest on the dates and times specified by the Ministry of Health.

The order, issued on August 18, requires that people “isolate themselves or quarantine themselves in their usual place of residence (which for visitors includes accommodation), except when necessary to report and undergo tests, until the person who has been to a place of interest has received a negative test on the fifth day or until after a previous negative test, if contact between the two people has ceased. “

Failure to comply with section 70 orders is a crime under the Health Act of 1956.

The rules of self-isolation

The Health Ministry says that “self-isolation involves isolating yourself from other members of your household (for example, not having physical contact, minimizing time in shared spaces, and not sharing items such as cutlery and linens), while staying in your own home.” .

You must isolate yourself for at least 14 days from your last contact or exposure to the confirmed case and until you are told by a public health official that you no longer need to do so.

Public health officials ask you to stay home if it is a casual contact plus, a casual contact experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, a member of the general public experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, a member of the household of a close contact, or a family member of a close contact who is experiencing symptoms of Covid-19.

Staying home is simple: it means staying inside your home or residence.

What does it mean to isolate yourself at home:

  • You should not go to work or school. If you are unable to work from home during this time, your employer (or you, if you are self-employed) can request leave support to help you. For more information, visit the Work and Income website.
  • You must keep a distance of 2 meters from the members of your household and you must not share a bed or bedroom with any member of your household.
  • It is important that you do not use public transport, taxis or similar means of transport.
  • You must not have visitors in your home (including merchants)
  • If you do not have symptoms, you can go out and leave your property, but you should avoid contact with other people. It’s okay to go for a walk, run, or bike ride as long as you stay at least 2 meters away from other people. If you have any symptoms, you should not leave your property to exercise.
  • Whenever possible, ask your friends or family to shop for you. If this is not possible, order supplies online. Make sure deliveries stay outside your home for you to pick up. If you need help, the Ministry of Social Development has information on where you can go for services and support, what you can get help with, and contact information. Visit the website of the Ministry of Social Development.
  • Minimize time spent in shared spaces like bathrooms, kitchens and living rooms as much as possible and keep shared spaces well ventilated
  • If you need medical assistance, call your healthcare provider ahead of time and tell them you are a close contact. Wash your hands with hand sanitizer and put on a mask before entering any healthcare facility.

This is an official COVID-19 ALERT.

All New Zealand You are now at Covid-19 Alert Level 4.

The alert level will be reviewed after 3 days for all areas EXCEPT Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula, which will likely remain at level 4 for an initial period of 7 days.

A community case of Covid-19 has been identified.

Stay at home whenever possible and follow level 4 alert guidelines. This will stop the spread of Covid-19 and SAVE LIVES.

All are asked to:

Wear a mask and keep a distance of 2 meters from others when you leave your house.

If you are sick, call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice on getting tested.

Keep scanning QR codes every time you leave your home.

Practice good hygiene: wash your hands often.

Services that include supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics and gas stations will remain open at alert level 4. Face covers are mandatory for all people, both employees and customers, in companies and services that operate at alert level 4 that involve contact with the client.

For more information on Alert Level 4, go to [the government website www.covid19.govt.nz]

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