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Project C-19 Newsletter – 28 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.


Civil Defence Emergency Management Update

  • CDEM’s Recovery Manager is assisting with the transition from response activities to recovery activities. Recovery activities will be organised under three pillars: Social, Economic and Health.
  • Recovery efforts include folding the welfare gains that were made during the response phase (e.g. homelessness and food security) into the Caring for Communities recovery model, and the goal is to eventually have these improvements be ‘business as usual’ moving forward.
  • Caring for Communities is still being finalised by Government and it is expected this work will be handed over to the regions in the next 2-3 weeks.
  • How the longer-term economic recovery will be managed is still being worked out, given this has not been undertaken in the past at the scale required for this recovery. Currently much work is around identifying the mechanisms that can permit a strong and sustainable economic recovery.
  • Several funding streams are being developed to support ‘Food Secure Communities’ in recognition that increased levels of unemployment and economic hardship will result in more people vulnerable to food insecurity. MSD is investing $32 million over the next two years to provide support for foodbanks, food rescue and other community organisations who are distributing food. Read more about this here.

Update from Nelson Marlborough Health

– 100% of Covid-19 cases have recovered in the Nelson Marlborough region.
– The last close contacts (of confirmed cases) being monitored by the Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service were discharged from isolation on 16th May, followed by the last recovered case the next week in Marlborough.
– While the virus is not circulating locally, there is a high risk that the virus will re-appear at some time in the future, so we should not be complacent and continue to follow the Alert Level rules.

Update on CBACs
– Community-based assessment centres (CBACs) are available throughout Alert Level 2, where you can be assessed and tested for Covid-19 if you have symptoms.
– You can also do this, for free, with a doctor or nurse at your closest medical centre. And you can get free health advice from Healthline at any time: 0800 358 5453.
– Covid-19 is not currently prevalent in our communities. Because of this, and because of less demand for assessment and testing, the CBAC opening hours will reduce in June. They can return to longer opening hours, very quickly, if needed.
– Please refer to the Nelson Marlborough Health website for CBAC opening hours, or information about symptoms: www.nmdhb.govt.nz/covid-19. You can also phone 0800 358 4636 for CBAC information.
-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)
CBACs will be open again on Tuesday 2 June.


Other updates and resources

NZ Contact Tracer App
The initial version of the Government’s new coronavirus contact tracing app has been launched.  Read more and download the app here

For organisations implementing their own QR codes, the process can be difficult because it’s designed for businesses, not charities. Volunteer Nelson received advice from the Ministry of Health that may help other organisations implementing their QR codes that you can view here.

Covid-19 Income Relief Payment
The Government has announced more MSD support for people who’ve lost their jobs because of the impacts of Covid-19. It offers support for up to 12 weeks to soften the shock and minimise disruption from sudden unemployment, giving people time to look for other work and adjust their living costs.

At a very high level, it’s for people who:

  • have lost their job from 1 March to 30 October because of Covid-19
  • had been working at least 15 hours a week for 12 weeks before they lost their job
  • don’t have a partner earning more than $2,000 a week before tax
  • meet other eligibility criteria.

Online applications go live on 8th June. Both new and existing clients can apply online through MyMSD. More information is available on the Work and Income website.

Survey – Share how Covid-19 has affected the community and voluntary sector. Have your say on how Covid-19 has affected your organisation by contributing to this nationwide survey. The survey is for a study, which is a collaboration between Hui E! Community Aotearoa, Volunteering New Zealand, the Centre for Social Impact, and Philanthropy New Zealand.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SNXLXM3

Charities Services Webinar Resources
A recording of the webinar presented by Charities Services on 12th May is now available. Some of the topics covered include: How charities should be operating, what they should be planning for, supporting staff and volunteers, and hitting pause or winding up.
Webinar slides: https://charities.govt.nz/assets/Responding-to-COVID-19-webinar-.pdf
Recording of webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jmLFQAC16A&t=1s
Questions and Answers from the webinar available here.


Wellbeing / Mental Health

Social isolation: A simple solution to a big problem
The level 4 lockdown has given all of us the experience of social isolation, and for some a feeling of profound loneliness. We could comfort ourselves with the knowledge that it was a temporary situation and we could endure the isolation for the common good of the nation. Unfortunately there are some in our community for whom the lockdown made little difference in their lives. Read more about what local community organisations can do to help.

Ministry of Health Covid-19 Psychosocial and Mental Wellbeing Recovery Plan
This draft plan provides a framework for collective actions to support whānau and communities to adapt and thrive over the next 12 to 18 months. The MoH is inviting feedback on this draft by 15th June. https://consult.health.govt.nz/mental-health/feedback-on-the-covid-19-psychosocial-and-mental-w/


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