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Project C-19 Newsletter – 21 May

This weekly newsletter provides you with local updates from Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM), Nelson Marlborough Health 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.

Now that we are at Alert Level 2 these are the most important things that we can do:

  • eep 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 current focus of CDEM continues to be developing and implementing transition plans for the recovery phase of Covid-19.
  • A CDEM Recovery Manager has been appointed and a proposal for how best to include the community sector in planning recovery activities is being drafted.
  • MSD has noted a significant increase in Job Seeker numbers across the region.
  • It’s been noted that our local CDEM has not been assisting nearly as many individuals as compared to the other regions in New Zealand, and this is attributed to the resilience of the Nelson Tasman community, in particular the great mahi of local iwi and the Manaaki20 response.

Update from Nelson Marlborough Health

  • As of 19th 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 48, with one case still being monitored and supported by the Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service.

While COVID-19 is not currently prevalent in our communities, we still need to know that your cold and flu symptoms are not COVID-19 symptoms.

If you have any symptoms, please get assessed and tested at a community-based assessment centre (CBAC) or by your GP (doctor). It’s also important that you stay home, away from work, school and public places, if you are unwell.

Where to get assessed or tested over the Queen’s Birthday weekend: 30 May to 1 June

The Tahunanui, Toi Toi, Motueka and Blenheim CBACs will be closed over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, but if it’s urgent you can be assessed and tested:

·       at the Medical and Injury Centre (after-hours GP) in Nelson

·       at the Urgent Care Centre in Blenheim

·       via the on-call GP in Motueka (phone 03 528 8866 or 03 528 8358)

You can also phone 0800 358 5453 for free medical advice, and do not hesitate to phone 111 or go to a hospital emergency department in an emergency.

CBACs will be open again on Tuesday 2 June.

How much longer will CBACs be open for?

CBACs will continue to be available for the foreseeable future, but the hours may change if the situation changes locally, and when the Government issues new directions for testing to district health boards.

Please keep an eye on the Nelson Marlborough Health website for the most up-to-date information about CBAC operating hours.

Targeted surveillance testing continues
Up to 220 asymptomatic (ie, without COVID-19 symptoms) people, in six priority areas, will be offered a surveillance test this week under new national direction to DHBs for this kind of testing.

The six groups are:
i) Returning international travellers and their household contacts
ii) Airport staff
iii) Māori healthcare staff and Māori members of the public aged 35+
iv) Pasifika people, including RSE workers coming to the Nelson Marlborough region from other parts of NZ
v) Pharmacy workers
vi) Shipping workers

Nelson Marlborough Health’s surveillance testing programme stared two weeks ago. For more information:

Other updates and resources

NCC Emergency Fund
Nelson City Council has established an emergency fund for community organisations facing financial hardship due to the Covid-19 crisis. A total of $200,000 is available; 11 applications have been submitted that will be considered on Friday but the fund has not been heavily utilised thus far. Organisations are encouraged to apply. For more information, or to apply, go to the Shape Nelson website or contact Paul Prestidge on 022 676 1409 or email [email protected].

Neighbourhood Support’s Gets Ready Database
Neighbourhood Support’s (NS) purpose is to create safe, connected and resilient communities. The four NS organisations across the Top of the South region are now using the Gets Ready online database to assist us to achieve our purpose.

Gets Ready was borne from the Christchurch earthquake where a need for a street level database was identified. Gets Ready was developed from a partnership with Canterbury Civil Defence and Canterbury NS.

Households, businesses and organisations across the Top of the South can register their contact details on Gets Ready, this information has been extremely useful during the Covid-19 pandemic, enabling neighbourhood social connections and support, such as shopping, to more vulnerable neighbours.

Additionally people can register their needs in the event of an emergency (e.g. continuous power required) and also the skills and resources that they are offering to the community (e.g. a generator) in the event of an emergency. NS organisations can easily circulate this information to the community when it is needed.

Please do join Neighbourhood Support if you want to build social connectedness and community resilience, or contact us: [email protected]

The Immigration Amendment Act (Covid-19 Response)
The Government has fast-tracked legislation to ensure it can respond appropriately and efficiently to immigration issues arising from the Covid-19 outbreak. These temporary immigration legislation amendments are intended to support the quick and efficient management of visa changes during Covid-19. For more information, including FAQs:

Volunteering during Alert Level 2

Guidelines for Volunteer Organisations

Guidelines for Volunteers

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:

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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