WELCOME TO THE WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY PRIMARY HEALTH ORGANISATION

URU MAI KI TE KOKORU URU O TE NUI PHO

The Western Bay of Plenty Primary Health Organisation supports healthy lifestyles and quality health care services in our local communities. We provide funding to 31 general practices in the Bay of Plenty.

COVID-19 Response

A range of key primary health services are available during COVID-19 Alert Level 2.

COVID-19 Community Based Assessment Centres

Notice to Employers and Education Providers

 

The Ministry of Health currently advises there is no requirement for employees or students to be tested for COVID-19 prior to returning to work, school or study if they are currently well with no respiratory symptoms.

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Coronavirus Alert

From Thursday 14 May New Zealand is in COVID-19 Alert Level 2.

For more detailed explanation of what the Alert Levels mean visit covid19.govt.nz.

People who are feeling unwell must self-isolate which 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 two metres for more than 15 minutes).

If you develop symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat or runny nose, you should either phone your GP or Healthline 0800 358 5453 to be assessed for COVID-19. 

 

Background

There are currently 1504 confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus in New Zealand and 22 coronavirus-related deaths as at 5 June 2020.

Coronaviruses are a large and diverse family of viruses which include the common cold. Symptoms include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing.

COVID-19 originated in Wuhan, China in late 2019 and since then has infected more than 6,573,000 people worldwide and killed more than 388,000 (as at 5 June 2020). It has now spread to at least 210 countries and the World Health Organisation has declared it a global pandemic.

Scientists don’t yet know how COVID-19 is transmitted to people, but it’s likely that it comes from an animal. There is evidence that COVID-19 can spread from person to person in the community and in healthcare settings.

Entry to New Zealand is currently being denied to everyone except New Zealand citizens and permanent residents.

 

For more information about COVID-19 visit the following health sites:

Toi Te Ora Public Health

Ministry of Health

World Health Organization

Unite against COVID-19

Measles Vaccine Update

There have been no confirmed cases of measles in the Bay of Plenty since 1 January 2020, however gaps still remain in our communities’ protection against measles.

MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) immunisation is available from your family doctor or practice nurse if you or your child need to be immunised – it’s never too late to catch up.

Alternatively, there are a number of pharmacies throughout the Bay of Plenty offering free MMR immunisation for people aged 16 to 49. For a detailed list visit the Toi Te Ora Public Health website.

The Government has announced a new immunisation programme that will see 15 to 29-year-olds (a group with low immunisation rates) receive a free MMR vaccine via places such as schools and marae. More than 350,000 additional MMR vaccines are earmarked for the campaign, and are expected to arrive in New Zealand in April 2020.

To help keep you up-to-date while the situation with measles continues to evolve, the Ministry of Health has set up a webpage as a ‘one-stop shop’ with advice, including about travelling to areas with measles outbreaks and immunising children aged under 12 months.

IT IS IMPORTANT IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE MEASLES SYMPTOMS THAT YOU CALL YOUR GP RATHER THAN ATTEND IN PERSON.

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