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 12 August - Currently and until further notice, Greater Auckland is in COVID Alert Level 3, while the rest of New Zealand is in Level 2.

For NorthTec, this means that the Auckland campus has been closed, with teaching and learning taking place remotely. For all other campuses, it is business as usual, although this is with social distancing and hygiene measures in place. There are no restrictions on class sizes, however students do need to maintain social distancing within their classes. 

Where it is necessary to change any teaching arrangements, your tutors will inform you.

The exception to this is those people who are in the vulnerable, high-risk medical or age groups, who need to study or work from home from today until advised to return.
 
We also need to reinforce the message that if you are sick, you must stay home, get tested for Covid-19, and remain at home until you receive a negative test result. This is extremely important for everyone’s safety.

Campus facilities outside of the Auckland region such as the library and cafes are remaining open but with restrictions in place to allow for social distancing and hygiene measures.

Everyone is encouraged to download the Government’s NZ COVID tracer app from the Ministry of Health.

We also have QR codes throughout our campuses which you can scan to track your movements, in the event of the need for tracing by health services.

Please remember we’ve been through this before and we can do it again. Thank you everyone for your efforts. Kia kaha - stay strong.

Golden Rules at NorthTec

  1. If you feel sick, stay home and do not come on to campus. Please notify your tutor in the normal way.

  2. If you have respiratory cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline and make sure you are able to be COVID-19 tested.

  3. Wash your hands. Use hand sanitizer which is available across all NorthTec campuses.

  4. Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces. Disinfectant wipes and cleaning products and are readily available across campuses.

  5. If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate you must do so immediately. You will need to notify your NorthTec tutor.

  6. If you’re concerned about your wellbeing or have underlying health conditions, work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy. Please notify your NorthTec tutor with any concerns.

  7. Keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help contact tracing if needed. Use the NZ COVID Tracer app as a handy way of doing this.

  8. Businesses and organisations should help people keep track of their movements by displaying the Ministry of Health QR Code for contact tracing. QR codes will be at the entry points of NorthTec buildings to use for all to use if they wish.

  9. Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on. People and organisations should be prepared to act fast to step up Alert Levels if we have to.

  10. People will have had different experiences over the last couple of months. Whatever you’re feeling — it’s okay. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself.

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?

The World Health Organisation advises to only wear a mask if you are ill with COVID-19 symptoms (especially coughing) or looking after someone who may have COVID-19. Disposable face mask can only be used once. If you are not ill or looking after someone who is ill then you are wasting a mask. There is a world-wide shortage of masks, so WHO urges people to use masks wisely.

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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