COVID-19

NorthTec is working closely with relevant government agencies and we are consistently following their advice to ensure the welfare of all our students, staff and community.

This page has been set up to provide information for about COVID-19. It will be updated on a regular basis.

Update 22 September 2020 - All of New Zealand apart from Auckland is now at Covid-19 Alert Level 1. Auckland will move into Alert Level 2 from midnight on Wednesday.

For Auckland campus, face-to-face classes will continue. Learners will continue to maintain social distancing, and where this is not possible staff and students should wear face coverings. Disposable face masks will be provided by NorthTec in instances where classes cannot be taught without social distancing (for example, first aid classes where learners need to work in pairs) and when NorthTec vehicles are transporting more than one person.

For students and staff outside of Auckland, we need to continue to be ready to respond in case Covid-19 reappears in our community. For this reason, it remains especially important that anyone who is sick should stay home. We also encourage everyone to maintain hand hygiene measures, use cough etiquette to cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow, and keep surfaces clean.

Continuing good habits with face coverings is also encouraged where necessary, even when it’s no longer compulsory. They can provide an extra level of protection in settings where there is little or no physical distancing between people.

At Alert Level 1, when there is still a risk of Covid-19 reappearing in the community, we also encourage you to continue tracking where you ‘ve been, using the NZ COVID tracer app on public transport, in workplaces and when visiting businesses and shops. It’s good practice also to keep a safe distance from people you don’t know while out and about, including in the NorthTec cafés, library, marae and gym.

Thank you for all your continued efforts to continue studying and working safely.


Update 26 August 2020 - Auckland is scheduled to move into Alert Level 2.5 from 31 August 2020, which means that the Auckland Campus will reopen for classes. The Auckland campus will make use of the larger classrooms to enable social distancing. The PTE testing centre at the Auckland campus will also re-open.

On all campuses, face-to-face classes will continue. Learners will continue to maintain social distancing, and where this is not possible staff and students should wear face coverings. Disposable face masks will be provided by NorthTec in instances where classes cannot be taught without social distancing (for example, first aid classes where learners need to work in pairs) and when NorthTec vehicles are transporting more than one person.
 
From Monday, people who travel via public transport, including taxis, will also be required to wear face coverings during the journey. This applies throughout New Zealand.
 
We would like to remind staff and students to use the NZ Covid Contact Tracing app to record movements onto campus, by scanning in the QR codes which are distributed around each campus. These are campus-specific rather than building or location-specific, so you do not need to scan in more than once. You also do not need to scan out. We encourage people to keep track of their movements around campus by keeping a note of the locations visited.
 
There are various seasonal illnesses circulating at the moment. Anyone with symptoms which are similar to Covid-19 should not come to campus but should get tested and self-isolate until receiving a negative result. This is to ensure the safety of our community.

Most importantly, we would like to remind all students that if you are sick, you must remain home. If you have Covid-19 symptoms, you must get tested and not return to campus until you receive a negative test result. Details of tracing centres can be found on the Northland District Health Board website: www.northlanddhb.org.nz

Golden Rules at NorthTec

  1. COVID-19 is still out there. Play it safe.

  2. Keep your distance from other people in public.

  3. If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.

  4. If you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline and get tested.

  5. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.

  6. Sneeze and cough into your elbow, regularly disinfect surfaces.

  7. If you have been told to self-isolate you must do so immediately.

  8. Keep a track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen.

We would like to thank all students for their continued efforts throughout the different Alert Levels, and for helping to follow the pandemic regulations currently in place. We wish you well with the continuation of your study journey with NorthTec.

Further Information

The Government has launched a new website with everything you need to know about COVID-19. Learn the simple steps you can take to unite against the virus and help to slow its spread. Find out what help is available and get reliable information about the situation.

covid19.govt.nz

For further information please visit the following websites:
New Zealand Ministry of Health
World Health Organisation
 
In order for us to keep you updated with current information, please make sure NorthTec has the most up-to-date email address for you in our system. If you need to update your email contact information, please contact: enrolments@northtec.ac.nz.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 include mild to severe respiratory illness, similar to influenza. This includes:

  • Fever; OR

  • Respiratory symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing

The Ministry of Health website has the latest information including who should self-isolate and symptoms (under the Health and advice for the public)

What can I do to protect myself?

The best advice is to practise good hygiene and hand-washing techniques, including:

  • Wash hands thoroughly (at least 20 seconds) with soap and water, then dry thoroughly; or, use a hand sanitiser

  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue (rather than onto your hands), then put the used tissue straight into the rubbish, then wash your hands

  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus

If you have flu-like symptoms, stay at home

What should I do if I think I have the virus?

If you are unwell and you have symptoms (see MoH COVID-19 symptoms) then you should contact Healthline at 0800 358 5453.

Healthline will provide you with advice on what to do next. If you are referred on to a GP (general practitioner) call Student Health or your GP. Do NOT just appear there in person.

Please complete the NorthTec online form if you haven't done so already and a staff member will be in contact with you to discuss how we can best support and care for you during this time, along with any concerns you might have about missed classes, fees, visa issues, sick leave and so on.

Where can I get tested for COVID-19?

Community Testing Centres and Iwi Mobile Clinics are available throughout Northland.

View available Northland Testing Centres

You can also see you GP or Māori Health Provider for a test. Northland DHB COVID-19 Hotline 0800 600 720

The centres are for testing only and will not be providing medical care or assessment. If you are feeling unwell and are sick enough to normally see your doctor please call your GP for an appointment.

What does self-isolate mean?

Self-isolation is an effective precautionary measure to protect those around you – your family, friends, and colleagues – from contracting COVID-19. It means taking simple, common-sense steps to avoid close contact with other people as much as possible, like you would with the seasonal flu virus.

Self-isolation means avoiding situations where you could infect other people. This means any situation where you may come in close contact with others (face to face contact closer than 2 metres for more than 15 minutes), such as social gatherings, work, school, child care/pre-school centres, university, faith-based gatherings, aged care and healthcare facilities, prisons, sports gatherings, restaurants, and all public gatherings. For more information on self-isolation, please visit the Ministry of Health’s webpage on self-isolation.

If you are unsure if you should be self-isolating, please contact Healthline (if you are in New Zealand) for free on 0800 358 5453.

What is social distancing?

Keeping your distance from others during the Covid-19 pandemic is a vital part of slowing the spread of the virus because its survival depends on us passing it to one another.

  • Avoid contact with others. Keep at least a 2 metre distance from others.

  • Stay at home if you can

You can go outside, to the supermarket and non-populated places (such as the beach) as long as you keep a reasonable distance from others. It’s also important to avoid touching your face and wash your hands after you’ve been out in public.

Should I wear a mask to protect myself?

At Alert Level 1, it is not necessary for the general public to wear face masks because there is no evidence of COVID-19 community transmission.

At Alert Level 2, you should wear a mask in situations where physical distancing is not possible.

At Alert Level 3, the risk of COVID-19 being present in the community is higher, therefore when people cannot maintain physical distancing of more than two metres, such as on public transport, at work places or in shops, face masks will be particularly important. It is highly recommended that you wear a mask when you are out in public.

At Alert Level 4, not many people will need to wear face masks because only those delivering or accessing essential services will be allowed freedom of movement. However, it is highly recommended that you wear a mask when you are out in public.

Visit health.govt.nz for further advice.

What is a coronavirus?

The World Health Organisation advises that Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.  In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

How does COVID-19 spread?

The World Health Organisation advises that people can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 2 metres away from a person who is sick.

How long is the incubation period for COVID-19?

The World Health Organisation describes the “incubation period” as the time between catching the virus and beginning to have symptoms of the disease. WHO advises that most estimates of the incubation period for COVID-19 range from 1-14 days, most commonly around five days. These estimates will be updated by WHO as more data become available.

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