Self-Isolation

Prepare Pacific Fight Coronavirus Self-Isolation

Self-isolation is different from the lockdown.  It is about creating physical distance while keeping our social connection with each other.

If a person in your bubble thinks they have Coronavirus, or they are waiting for their test results, or have tested positive for Coronavirus, they must self-isolate in a separate room from everyone else.  They should have their meals delivered to their room and have their own plates, forks, knives and cups which should be washed separately. 

You can talk to them through a closed door.  Remember to wipe down bathrooms and other surfaces after they have been used by that family member.  Doing this helps you to stop spreading the Coronavirus to your loved ones.  Until you receive the test results, or the sick person has recovered from the Coronavirus, all of the family must stay at home in quarantine (self-isolation). 

This can take up to 14 days and might be hard for you to do if you have a big family.  If you need help with accommodation options to help your family self-isolate properly, you can contact your Doctor or your local District Health Board about how they can help. To find out more about self-isolation see the Ministry of Health’s information on self-isolation.

Until you receive the test results, or the sick person has recovered from the Coronavirus, all of the family must stay at home in quarantine (self-isolation).  This can take up to 14 days and might be hard for you to do if you have a big family.  If you need help with accommodation options to help your family self-isolate properly, you can contact your Doctor or your local District Health Board about how they can help.

To find out more about self-isolation see the Ministry of Health’s information on self-isolation.

Lockdown

We are currently in Lockdown to help slow the spread of Coronavirus in New Zealand.  This means that you must stay at home unless you are an essential services worker. 

Unfortunately lockdown means that you cannot visit your family for Sunday lunch, attend church services or hold funerals at this time.  This is difficult for us as Pacific peoples but we have to do this to keep our elders and vulnerable family members safe. 

Even if you’re not worried about catching the Coronavirus yourself, you could make someone else in your family very sick so it’s best to just stay at home. You can still go to the Doctors, the Emergency Department if you need to, and you can get your flu vaccination or pick up your medicines but make sure you phone ahead, especially if you are showing symptoms of the Coronavirus.   

You can buy food from your local supermarket or diary. If you can, please shop for your family members who are 60+ or who have an underlying health conditions so they can stay safe at home.  If you need to buy blankets, heaters or other essential items you can do this online. 

You can go for a walk with the people in your household bubble but you must stay two metres away from other people.  You have to stay in your local neighbourhood and unfortunately you can’t take the kids to the park or play contact sports or games with anyone outside of your household bubble.  You aren’t allowed to do any outdoor activities that could put other people at risk if you get into trouble (eg: fishing, swimming, hunting).   If you are feeling unwell, please stay at home.   

New Zealand officially went into lockdown on Wednesday 25 March 2020 with the lockdown period set for four weeks, but this may be extended.

What We're Fighting

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All the people who were living in your fale when New Zealand went into lockdown after Alert Level 4

When people who are sick are separated from thoes who are not sick

The government’s orders to everyone to stay at home unless they need to do shopping, get medicine, exercise safely or are an essential worker

A drive in centre where you can go to get tested for the Coronavirus

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