Novel Coronavirus Update #3


Novel Coronavirus Update #3 – February 7

Novel Coronavirus Update #3

Dear Parents & Whanau

This is the information the school recieved today from the Ministry of Education.

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
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
  • Health are 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 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. If your response varies from this, you may need to seek legal advice to ensure you are not breaching the Education Act or human rights considerations.

The following are some examples where schools and early learning services have been imposing requirements that do not align with Health’s advice:

  • Asking individuals to stay away for 21 days rather than 14
  • Asking individuals who have not travelled in mainland China, or had contact with anyone confirmed with the virus, to stay away
  • Placing a 15 year old in an isolated accommodation facility with no caregiver on site
  • Asking individuals who have travelled recently in Australia, Germany, France, India, Indonesia etc, to undertake a stay away period
  • Asking for a Doctors’ certificate before they can return to their education providers

Please note we have worked with all schools and early learning services in these instances, to emphasise the Health guidance and ensure that appropriate actions were being taken.
Racist behaviour
We are aware that some of you are dealing with what can only be described as racist behaviour from a small proportion of your community. 

  • where children and students are not respected, or treated fairly, or discriminated against – respond fairly and effectively
  • it’s important to remember that if bullying occurs for whatever reason, that bullying prevention is everyone’s responsibility
  • ensure children and students who have visited affected areas are also publically supported, and that their culture and identity is respected.

Relevant Links

Ministry of Education

Ministry of Health

World Health Organisation

Information in Chinese

If you have any concerns or questions, please contact me directly.

Alister Bridgman


What You Need To Know

(Ministry of Education Publication)

While we are still learning more about this new virus –

We do know the risk of the virus spreading in New Zealand is very low

How worried should I be?

 Your chances of catching the coronavirus in New Zealand are very low.
 It is highly unlikely you will catch the virus walking down the street
 Coronavirus appears to be as infectious as the flu and the symptoms are similar – fever, cough and shortness of breath. You are only likely to catch it if you are near to someone with the virus. Most people catch the virus from someone at home, a close workmate or someone they spend time with.
 People will not be moving around the community if they are suspected or confirmed of having the virus – they will be in isolation. Their family and anyone they may have infected will also be asked to stay at home.

How serious is coronavirus?

 People are being infected, mainly in China, but only a small number of those with coronavirus have died.
 Most people have a mild to moderate illness with flu-like symptoms
 People of all ages are being infected, but older people and those with medical conditions seem most likely to get seriously ill.

How do I protect myself and my family?

Everyone should protect themselves from the virus, as you would for the ‘flu –
 Washing your hands regularly, or using hand sanitiser, is the best way to avoid this illness.
 As with other illnesses, do not go to work or school, or see visitors if you are sick.
 Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or clothing, and wash hands afterwards
 Avoid being near to people who are sick
 Washing your hands often and covering coughs and sneezes will do more to protect you from the virus than a mask.
 If you are sharing food, use utensils to serve the food and keep your personal spoon, fork, or chopsticks separate to avoid transmission through saliva.

What should I do if I think I could have coronavirus?

 If you start to experience mild symptoms, then stay at home and call Healthline for advice: 0800 611 116. Interpreters are available on request.
 If you start to experience more severe symptoms arrange to see a doctor urgently. Call ahead and mention your travel history. Difficulty breathing requires immediate medical attention and can be a sign of pneumonia.

Where can I find more information?

Information is updated regularly on the Ministry of Health website

What You Need To Know

(Ministry of Education Publication)

虽然我们仍在进一步了解这种新病毒 ——



 在新西兰感染冠状病毒的可能性非常低。
 您基本上不可能在街上行走时感染病毒。
 冠状病毒与流感一样具有传染性,并且症状相似:发烧,咳嗽和呼吸急促。 您只有在 感染者附近时才有可能被传染。大多数人是从家人,同事或共同相处过一段时间的人 那里感染病毒的。
 如果有人被怀疑或证实感染了病毒,该人将不得在社区内四处走动——他们将被隔 离。他们的家人和可能受到感染的任何人也将被要求留在家里。


 受到感染的人在增加(大部分在中国),但只有少数冠状病毒感染者死亡
 大多数人的病情为轻度至中度并伴有类似流感症状
 各个年龄段的人都会受到感染,但老年人和健康状况不佳的人似乎最有可能病情 严重。


 勤洗手或使用免水洗洁手液,这是避免该疾病的最佳方法
 与患有其他疾病一样,生病时请勿上班或上学,或接待访客
 咳嗽和打喷嚏时用纸巾或衣服遮盖,然后洗手
 避免靠近生病的人
 勤洗手以及在咳嗽和打喷嚏时遮盖比口罩更能保护您免受病毒侵害
 如果您要共享食物,请使用餐具盛放食物,并使用各自的汤匙,叉子或筷子,以免 通过唾液传播


 如果您开始出现轻度症状,请留在家中并致电健康热线(Healthline)寻求建议:0800 611 116。若您要求可以提供口译人员。
 如果您开始出现更严重的症状,请马上去看医生。提前打电话告知他们您的旅行 记录。呼吸困难需要立即就医,这可能是肺炎的一个征兆.


定期更新的信息参看: Ministry of Health website (卫生部网站)

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