COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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Auckland and Coromandel travellers asked to get tested and self-isolate

Thursday 19 August 2021Health news3 minutes to read

Due to the community outbreak of COVID-19 in Auckland, anyone who has travelled to any of the locations of interest in Auckland or Coromandel in the past 14 days must get a COVID-19 test as per the timeframes on the Ministry of Health website and self-isolate away from others in their household at home or in the accommodation they are staying in until they return a negative result.

Current locations of interests are available on the Ministry of Health website and there is also a direct link from this website to the Unite Against COVID-19 homepage.

West Coast DHB has set up COVID-19 testing clinics in Hokitika, Greymouth and Westport.

COVID-19 Testing Centre

Location

Hokitika Health Centre

Hokitika

59 Sewell Street

* clinic is set up in health centre carpark

Te Nīkau Hospital & Health Centre

Greymouth

71 Waterwalk Road

* clinic is set up in north-west corner of the campus

Buller Health Centre

Westport

Pakington Street

* clinic is set up in the health centre carpark

Remember, testing is free but before you come in for a test, please call ahead to your general practice team or Healthline to arrange a suitable time. Contact details of West Coast GP practices are available online – https://www.wcdhb.health.nz/your-health/find-and-enrol-at-a-health-center/

If you have recently returned to the Coast after visiting Auckland or Coromandel in the past 14 days and you’re not sure what you should do, please call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice.

In addition, if you develop any COVID-19 symptoms, please arrange to get tested immediately and remain isolated at home or in the accommodation you are staying in. This advice extends to anyone even if they haven’t visited any of the locations of interest.

The current Alert Level 4 lockdown restrictions are a good reminder that everyone needs to continue to play their part.

  • Stay home
  • If you have to go out make sure you wear a mask
  • Stay in your bubble and reduce contact with others
  • Act as if you have COVID-19 and as if others around you do to
  • Practice good hand hygiene practices.

Please scan in using the QR code, wherever you go using the government’s COVID-19 Tracer App, and ensure Bluetooth is turned on within the app – this means you’ll receive alerts if you’ve been exposed to a case.

For anyone who is feeling stressed and anxious or who needs some advice, then there are places you can CALL for more support, listed below:

  • Phone or text 1737 to be put through to a trained counsellor any time of the day or night. This is a free service for everyone.
  • Your General Practice or rural clinic
  • Poutini Waiora (Māori Health and Social Service) – 0800 333 170
  • Crisis Response (24/7) – 0800 757 678
  • Youthline – 0800 376 633
  • Rural Support Trust – 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP)
  • Programmes provided by your employer e.g. through the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).

More information about Alert Level 4 is available from https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-levels-and-updates/alert-level-4/

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