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Project C-19 Newsletter – 14 May

This weekly newsletter provides you with local updates from Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) and resources available to you right now. Please ensure your organisation is registered with Project C-19. [Register] Please see our archive for past updates.

We’ve made it to Alert Level 2, well done to the team of 5 million! We have more freedom of movement now, but it’s up to each one of us to keep the rest of New Zealand safe.These are the most important things that we can do:

  • Keep your distance from other people in public.
  • If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.
  • If you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline (0800 358 5453) and get tested.
  • Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow, regularly disinfect surfaces.
  • If you have been told to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
  • Keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen.

Civil Defence Emergency Management Update

  • The State of National Emergency across New Zealand has been lifted and a National Transition Period is now in place.
  • Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) operations will be winding up and transition planning is underway to ensure there are no gaps and CDEM is committed to not leaving anyone behind.
  • The CDEM structure will be transferred to the Caring for Communities model that is being implemented by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
  • The Caring for Communities model involves developing a ‘Network of Networks’ and network owners are being identified locally to coordinate the organisations and agencies that support specific vulnerable populations.

Update from Nelson Marlborough Health

  • As of 13th May the total number of confirmed (37) and probable (12) Covid-19 cases remains the same since the new case announced on 30th April in Nelson.
  • The number of people who have recovered is now 47, meaning that there are two cases who are still being monitored and supported by the Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service.
  • All cases are thought to be travel-related and there is no strong evidence of a community outbreak in the region.
  • All cases are in isolation at home or in their place of usual residence; there are no cases in hospital.

Other updates and resources

Resources for safely working from the office during Level 2
From WorkSafe:

Contact tracing records and physical distance guidelines

  • If you can maintain contact tracing records, your environment is considered to be controlled, and the 1 metre separation distance applies.
  • If you cannot maintain contact tracing records, then your environment is considered to be uncontrolled, and the 2 metre separation distance applies.
  • Contact Tracing Log template from Sport NZ
  • More information about expectations for contact tracing from WorkSafe

Working from home determination from IRD
Inland Revenue has issued a new determination which means employers can pay employees, who are working from home, up to $20 a week tax-free for expenses such as additional heating costs, without having to estimate or show what the employee’s actual expenses were. Employers can also now make a tax-free payment of up to $400 per employee for furniture costs, without having to work out actual expenses. More information click here.

Charities Services 12th May webinar resources
If you were unable to attend the webinar, a document has been provided that collates all of the resources that were covered, such as planning and running your charity during Covid-19, financial support, fundraising and grants. See document here.

Weekly Community & Whānau Meetings
Our monthly networking meetings for community organisations continue on Zoom. In addition, we are holding special weekly Covid-19 Community & Whanau Zoom meetings every Wednesday from 12-12:30pm. You will receive invitations and details for these meetings each week. They are a great opportunity to share, connect and be informed on this rapidly changing situation. 

Wellbeing / Mental Health

NZ Red Cross are offering the following live and online webinars for free – click to register:

New Psychosocial messages for Level 2
Best practice is to integrate just 1 or 2 of the following messages into your usual communications.

  1. Libraries, playgrounds, shops and cafes will be open again in Level 2. Think about what you might like to do for yourself, or with friends and family, that makes you feel good.
  2. As schools go back please take time to listen and support your children as they readjust – it may take some time but they will get there.
  3. Life’s a bit of a roller-coaster at the moment, if it’s feeling a bit much, just pause, breathe and reach out to others, we will get through this together – if you need to talk to a counsellor call or text 1737.
  4. None of us have had to deal with what we are going through before. There is a wide range of support available and it’s ok to ask for help. Phone 0800 779 997 to get started.
  5. If you are feeling unwell, stay at home and seek health advice. Phone your GP for advice and to book an appointment. Or call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (for COVID-19 concerns) or 800 611 116 for general health needs.
  6. Head outside if you can – physical activity in natural surroundings can help you feel better.
  7. Keep connected to those you like and love – if you are older and finding it difficult to connect in your usual way, you can phone 03 544 7624 and access the ‘phone a friend’ network.

From Mental Health Foundation 
A guide for workplace leaders on wellbeing at work during Covid-19. View here.

It’s OK to Ask for Help – Wallet Card
Nelson Marlborough Health’s Mental Health Services have produced a wallet card that summarises the services available for any individuals needing support. View card here. A family-specific card will be available soon.

Interpretation / Translation

COVID-19 Welfare Contact Card — now translated into 28 languages
Electronic copies of the COVID-19 Welfare Contact Card, fact sheets and video resources are now available in 28 languages, including New Zealand Sign Language. English language versions of these resources are also available here.

Register your Organisation with Project C-19

Register with us to make sure you receive updates like this one in the future, and together we can make sure important messages get to your clients and members. Register here.

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