Kia ora whānau
As you will know the Ministry of Health’s Director-General announced the third confirmed case of COVID-19 in New Zealand yesterday.
Current advice from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education continues to remain that the best thing to do is to practice good preventative measures, particularly good hygiene:
- Washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
- Covering coughs and sneezes with clean tissues or with an elbow
- Putting used tissues in the bin
- Encouraging staff and students to stay home if they are unwell
We are reinforcing this message at school and we would appreciate you reinforcing this at home if you are not already doing so.
You may be curious to know when a school might close. The answer is that we are a very long way from that situation. At this stage, there is no reason that children should not be going to school. A decision to close a school if that became necessary would be made by the local medical Officers of Health.
In the meantime, the Ministry of Education have provided some further facts from the World Health Organization.
- Evidence from China shows that only 1% of reported cases do not have symptoms, and most of those cases develop symptoms within 2 days.
- Young people 18 years and under represent less than 2.4 per cent of those who have contracted the virus.
- From the data we have so far, COVID-19 does not transmit as efficiently as influenza.
Thanks everyone. You can be assured that if the situation changes we will communicate this with you immediately.
Ngā mihi nui, Nick