Novel coronavirus further information
The Ministry of Education have issued the following latest statement regarding Coronavirus;
Current advice regarding who needs to stay away
We have collated the key information from the Ministry of Health website to support your understanding of current requirements for the stay away period:
New border measures will deny entry to New Zealand for anyone who has left or transited through mainland China after midnight on 2 February 2020, with the exception of:
New Zealand citizens (including those from the three Countries of the Realm: Tokelau, Niue and the Cook Islands), permanent residents and their immediate family
Air crews on direct flights from mainland China who have been using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
If have been in close contact with a confirmed novel coronavirus case you should self-isolate for 14 days. If you develop symptoms including fever, coughing and difficulty breathing you should ring Healthline (for free) on 0800 611 116 or your doctor.
As of 2 February 2020, all travellers arriving in New Zealand out of mainland China should self-isolate for a period of 14 days from the time they leave mainland China. People who departed from mainland China before midnight 2 February are not required to self-isolate unless they have been in Wuhan City or Hubei Province in the last 14 days. A key point is that the 14 day stay away period starts from when the person left China (or Wuhan City/Hubei Province). Not when they were due to start back at school or from when they arrived in New Zealand (eg, they may have travelled to another country before arriving here).
Stay away 14 day - guidance
Ministry of Health has also updated their guidance today, for those that are being asked to stay away (Health use the words “self-isolation”). It has been updated to remove any confusion about what is required for those staying away.
This information will particularly be useful for homestay families and school hostels. The information may also be of interest to your school community including:
If you have not been in contact with someone who has been infected with the virus, then your risk of being infected is very low,
People are being asked to take simple common-sense steps as you would with the seasonal flu-virus,
Ministry of Health is only asking those people who have travelled in mainland China to stay away, not any other people who they may be living with.
This most current stay away guidance applies only to those who arrived from mainland China after 2 February 2020. The guidance may, however, be useful for those who arrived from Wuhan City / Hubei Province in the last 14 days and are completing their stay away period.
Following the advice of Ministry of Health;
At the time of writing there is no confirmed case of coronavirus in New Zealand, although the Ministry of Health do anticipate that at some stage this will occur. They are well prepared for such an eventuality as we are sure you are too.
In managing potential risk, your school or early learning service should be following the advice of the Ministry of Health.