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 1 March 2021

With Auckland being returned to Covid-19 Alert Level 3 this weekend, and the rest of New Zealand to Alert Level 2, we need to focus on ensuring the safety of all students, staff and visitors on our campuses. We therefore wish to advise you of the following:

The Auckland campus is closed. Northland-based students will continue with classes as normal, with hygiene and social distancing measures in place. If you are unsure about your class, please contact your tutor.
 
Social distancing in this instance means that we must all keep one metre apart, wherever possible, and where this is not possible we encourage people to wear face coverings. NorthTec has a limited number of masks to provide so we encourage you to provide your own if you have them. 

The social distancing measures also need to be observed in Tikanga situations such as morning karakia. All on-campus events such as student barbecues are postponed as we cannot guarantee social distancing in these situations. 

Please continue to scan in using the NZ Covid Tracing app and the QR codes provided on each campus. We ask you to continue with hand hygiene precautions, and to use wipes provided by NorthTec to clean surfaces in classrooms.
 
If you are unwell you must stay home, for the safety of others. Your tutor will ask you to go home if you are in class and appear to be unwell. 

If you have flu-like symptoms you should contact your GP or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice about testing for Covid-19. Our Health Centre nurse, Jann, can also give advice to students; she can be contacted on 027 246 0269.
 
This weekend’s developments have come about through the unfolding situation in Auckland, with more locations of interest emerging with each positive case of Covid-19 being identified. If you have been to Auckland recently, please check whether you have been to any of the locations of interest at the relevant times. These can be found on the Ministry of Health website: click here to see the list. Please follow Ministry of Health advice around getting tested and self-isolating if you have been to these locations at the times stated. If you are unsure you should contact the Healthline number as above.
 
We would like to reassure all students that during these difficult times, we are committed to continuing to deliver classes with minimal disruption to your learning, while following the national guidelines around Covid Alert Levels. 

 

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, you must wear a face covering on public transport and on domestic flights.

At Alert Level 2, must wear a face covering on public transport and on domestic flights. You are encouraged to wear face coverings in situations where physical distancing is not possible, like in shops. You should keep a distance of at least 2 metres in public and in retail stores, like supermarkets and clothes shops, and 1 metre in most other places

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 3, you legally must stay within your household bubble whenever you're not at work or school.

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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