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.

Updated 14 August 2020 - The Government has this evening announced that Auckland will be remaining in Covid Alert Level 3, while the rest of NZ remains in Alert Level 2.

This means that, until this changes, NorthTec will continue to operate under the current conditions. Our Auckland campus will move to online and remote teaching while our other campuses will remain open, with classes continuing while maintaining social distancing and hygiene measures.

  • For NorthTec students and staff, social distancing means keeping a distance of one metre apart from other students and staff.

  • Each department or area will have a supply of hand sanitiser and wipes available. Sanitiser stations have been set up around our campuses again. In the event of hand sanitiser being unavailable, washing hands thoroughly is acceptable.

  • All students should download the NZ COVID tracer app and use it to scan QR codes while entering each building. There are QR code posters distributed around our campuses for this purpose.

  • The wearing of masks is not compulsory but is advised in situations where social distancing is not possible. This includes staff and students travelling using NorthTec vans as transport.

  • The library, gym and cafes remain open, with hygiene and social distancing measures in place.

  • Appointments at the Student Health Centre must be made by arrangement with our nurse, Jann, via nurse@nthealthcentre.co.nz or 027 246 0269.

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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