COVID Fast Facts

26 August 2021
Tēnā koutou
We hope you are managing ok under the current Alert Level 4 environment. It’s been another big testing 24 hours where general practices across Metro Auckland swabbed over 12,000 people. 
Key points for today

PPE ordering – Please order small volumes of PPE stock often, rather than large orders, in order to maintain your PPE supply.

COVID-19 Text Scams – there have been reports of people receiving a text message informing them they have a positive COVID-19 result – this is a scam!  Only texts with a negative result are sent and all people with a positive result are contacted by a ARPHS person.

(Non-COVID-19) Vaccinations – It is important that pregnancy, infant and childhood immunisations remain a priority, particularly in light of the drop in coverage during the lockdown last year. Please ensure Māori and Pacific aged 6-weeks and other vulnerable babies are recalled first.  Further information regarding specific guidance is currently in development.  The MoH have also issued information about vaccinations.  
Restricted Swabbing Sites 
Restricted Testing Centres (previously known as close contact or non-publicly disclosed testing centres) are open to ensure priority groups are able to access prioritised testing. This enables high risk individuals and cohorts that have been determined to be high risk by public health or individuals that support critical services to be tested quickly. There is a rapid turnaround for tests results and there is little waiting time.
This includes critical healthcare workers and their household members classified as contacts.
It is vital we restrict access to these sites for the eligible cohorts to enable our critical services to remain operational and to support expedited identification of further cases.
Please only share Restricted Testing Centre information with those that are eligible to support testing access for those at highest risk. Those that do not meet the attached criteria will be redirected to another Community Testing Centre. 
Contact if you require a letter to enable a swab at one of these centres.


Health Point Information 
A further reminder to check your phone and website messages along with information detailed on Health Point.  Please see a sample that can be modified for individual practice use.
COVID-19 Level 4 Precautions and Restrictions (sample)
During Alert Level 4 appointments are by video or telephone, except for urgent health conditions where physical examination is required.
Covid-19 testing is available for enrolled patients. We are Not Vaccinating for Covid-19.
Please ring us to arrange a COVID swab, or if you think you need a face-to-face appointment.
When you arrive DO NOT ENTER CLINIC: Remain in your car and call reception >>> Wear a mask. 
If you have any concerns over your health, Covid-19 or otherwise, please contact our nursing team by phone (xxx) or email (xxxx) so that we can work to resolve your concern.
Our front practice door will be closed during Level 4 lock down but we will all be on site to meet your healthcare needs during this lock down. When you arrive please call xxx and let us know your car colour and registration
We will assess you initially in the car park. 
You will still be able to access health advice 24/7 by phoning our practice phone number.

That’s all for Day 10 – thank you one and all for all that you are doing.

He kākano i ruia mai i Rangiatea

The seed will not be lost

This information has been sent by Waitemata DHB and Practices may wish to add to their website
COVID-19 Update
There are two new Pop-up COVID-19 Community Testing Centres (CTC) open (social tiles attached): 
  • Mountfort Park Manurewa Pop-up CTC (Thursday 26 Aug – Sunday 29 Aug 9am-3pm)
  • Tuakau Rugby League Club Popup CTC (Thursday 26 Aug – Monday 30 Aug 9.30am-3.30pm)
The following CTC’s updated their times: 
  • The Auckland Netball Centre (St Johns) Pop-up CTC (Thursday 26 Aug – Tuesday 31 Aug 8.30am-4pm)
  • The North Harbour Stadium (Albany) Pop-up CTC (Thursday 26 Aug – Tuesday 31 Aug 8.30am-4.30pm)
  • The Warkworth Pop-up CTC (Thursday 26 Aug – Tuesday 31 Aug 8.30am-5pm). Booking essential- Call 09-4258585
  • The Eventfinda Stadium (Wairau Valley) Pop-up CTC (Thursday 26 Aug – Tuesday 31 Aug 8.30am-4pm)
  • The Lloyd Elmore Park (Pakuranga Heights) Pop-up CTC (Thursday 26 Aug – Tuesday 31 Aug 8.30am-5pm)
  • The Mangere East Pop-up CTC (Thursday 26 Aug – Tuesday 31 Aug 8am-4pm)
  • The Pukekohe A&P Showgrounds Pop-up CTC (Thursday 26 Aug – Friday 27 Aug 8.30am-5pm; Saturday 28 August – Sunday 29 August 10am-4pm; Monday 30 Aug – Friday 5 Sept 8.30am-5pm)
A friendly reminder that in addition to the Pop-up CTC’s there are other regular community testing clinics that are also operating across Metro Auckland, see here and follow the Healthpoint link. It allows you to search for your nearest COVID-19 testing location/s. Simply search by region and suburb or your address and testing location/s nearby will appear. You can also filter whether testing is open to ‘anyone/casual patients’ or ‘enrolled patients’ only. 
MOH: Under Alert Level 4, exercise is restricted

If you have been at a location of interest at the relevant time, you could be affected in one of two ways – either as a close contact or a casual plus contact. Please call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice on which category you fit into.

If you are a close contact, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days. If you are a household member of the close contact, you will need to stay home until the close contact returns a negative day 5 test. 

Self-isolating and staying at home have different public health requirements. You can find them here for self-isolating and here for staying at home.

In terms of exercising, close contacts who have to self-isolate cannot leave their property to exercise. But their household members who are staying at home are able to leave the property to exercise as long as they avoid contact with others and do not have any symptoms.

If you are a casual plus contact, you will need to stay at home. You will be able to leave the property to exercise as long as you avoid contact with others and you do not have any symptoms. 

If you are allowed to exercise under Alert Level 4, here are the guidelines:

  • You can go for a walk, run or bike ride in your local area.
  • If you do, it must be on your own, or with your household bubble.
  • You can drive to a place to exercise but it must be close to where you live.
  • Keep a 2 meter distance from others.
  • Do not do activities that may require search and rescue services, such as swimming, surfing, boating, hunting or tramping.
  • If you are unwell, do not leave the property.
The CNSST Foundation: “Unite Against Covid-19” – CNSST Service Response System
The CNSST Foundation’s information package details the range of essential services CNSST Foundation can provide to support people through the lockdown. See attached pdf doc or here.
SURVEY: Asian Communities' Experiences of COVID-19
What: University of Auckland researchers are currently looking for people to participate in our online survey highlighting Asian communities’ experiences of COVID-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand. The survey is open to everyone (16 years or older) of an Asian ethnic group (including East, South, South-East, Western, Central and diasporic). The survey is available in English, Mandarin, Korean and Japanese and takes 10 minutes to complete. As a token of our appreciation for your participation, the team will donate $1 to your choice from the following charities: New Zealand Red Cross, Auckland City Mission, Aunties, Starship Foundation.
Where: Link to the survey is here
Please feel free to share the Facebook event post for survey advertisement (Event period 21 August - 5 September) 
Prize draw: One Samsung galaxy earbuds live and six $50 Whitcoulls gift vouchers, see Facebook ad here
Digital Health at Scale and Pace
Wednesday 1st September
at 6pm
Hosted by Jess White and with panellists Dr Kirsty Lennon, Dr Andrew Miller and Practice Manager/LEAN practitioner Mel Juer. The webinar panellists will share their experiences during the last week about up-scaling telehealth; including focusing on the difference between clinical triage and telehealth consultations, applying change management principals at pace and undertaking clinical assessments over telehealth. For more information see our flyer and register here.
Tackling and avoiding burnout
Wednesday 8th September 
at 6pm
The following week, HCH collaborative will bring you the wise words of Dr Tom Mulholland and Nicky Hart as they discuss “tackling and avoiding burnout”.  Hosted by Amarjit Maxwell, Amarjit will lead this timely conversation that will provide tools and tips to reduce stress and improve your wellbeing.  All webinar participants will receive a complimentary 1 month membership to the KYND Wellness app.  Read more here and register here

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