Tairāwhiti (and new Zealand) is now in COVID Alert 2 and Auckland is in Alert level 3 for seven days. This came into effect at 6am on Sunday 28 February. This is in response to recent cases in the Auckland community.
If you have cold or flu symptoms, please get tested by calling your GP or the Gisborne Community Testing Centre direct on 0800 923 487.
The Community Testing Centre can increase the number of people they are testing. Call first don’t just turn up to your GP or testing Centre.
If you have no symptoms, you do not need to be tested for COVID-19.
Some workplaces are requesting a negative test from people who have recently been to Auckland before they can return to work.
This is unnecessary unless people have been to a location categorised by the Ministry of Health as an 'area of interest' (listed on the Ministry of Health's website).
No appointments or surgery are postponed. Please come to your appointment unless you are feeling unwell. If you have cold or flu symptoms, or loss of taste or smell, stay home and give us a call on 06 8690500.
Please remember to keep the Gisborne Hospital Emergency Department for Emergencies only. If you are feeling unwell and have a health emergency call first call (06 869 0500).
Under Alert Level 2, the only public entry is via Emergency Department/Outpatients. All other doors are locked. Staff are at the entrance to ask you screening questions and ensure you scan the QR Code.
Wear a mask. Bring one from home (the environmentally friendly option), or you will be offered one at the entry.
Visiting is from 2pm – 8pm except in Puawai Aroha (Maternity) and the Intensive Care Unit where visiting is 2-5pm – one visitor at a time.
People in hospital are often at their most vulnerable. If you have cold or flu symptoms stay home, don’t come and visit anyone. Please continue to regularly wash your hands and use the NZ COVID Tracer App.(external link) You will find QR codes in all Gisborne Hospital Departments. Please scan those codes.
Level 2 indicates that the disease is contained but there is a risk of community transmission.
If you have been at any of the locations of interest(external link) in Auckland over the last few weeks:
The areas of interest list on the Ministry of Health website will be continually updated.
Unite against COVID-19(external link) is still the best place to go for general advice on the Aotearoa/New Zealand response to the current new community cases of COVID-19. This includes details of travel between districts and travel between the Alert level 3 area and the rest of the country.
Here is more information on Tairāwhiti's health response to COVID-19