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

Coronavirus Alert

From Tuesday 9 June New Zealand is in COVID-19 Alert Level 1.

For more detailed explanation of what the Alert Levels mean and how to keep yourself safe visit covid19.govt.nz.

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

Washing your hands continues to be one the easiest ways to keep yourself safe. Wash often. Use soap. 20 seconds. Then dry. This kills the virus by bursting its protective bubble.

Cough or sneeze into your elbow. This will keep the virus off your hands so you won’t spread it to other people and make them sick too.

Clean surfaces. It’s still important that we stay vigilant with cleaning.

Staying at home if you are sick is still the best thing you can do to stop any future spread of COVID-19.

Keep track of where you’ve been. Fast and effective contact tracing is one way we can all work together to prevent any further spread of COVID-19 in New Zealand.

Background

There are 23 active cases of coronavirus in New Zealand as at 6 August 2020. Since February 2020, New Zealand has had 1569 confirmed and probable cases, and 22 coronavirus-related deaths.

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 18,752,000 people worldwide and killed more than 706,000 (as at 6 August 2020). It is active in at least 188 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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