Alert Level 2: What you need to know
In response to recent cases identified in Auckland, the Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough region will move to Level 2 for three days from 11.59 pm tonight (Sunday) until midnight Wednesday 17 February. We will be at the same alert level as the rest of New Zealand, except for Auckland which will be in Level 3.
It's been a long time since we were last at Level 2. Refresh your knowledge of what you need to do: https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/alert-level-2/
Anyone who has cold or flu symptoms should get a test and stay home until you have a negative test result. Testing is free from your GP or after-hours medical centre. Find the closest option to you here: https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19/nelson-marlborough/
It's important that you only request a test if you have cold or flu symptoms. Please keep the testing free for those who need it. Contact Healthline anytime for free advice about whether you need to get tested: 0800 358 5453.
Another important message: If you've been in South Auckland or New Plymouth since 6 February until now, please check the locations of interest. These are locations that the current three cases have visited while potentially contagious. If you have been in these locations you may be a casual or close contact. The locations, and instructions, are online here: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-health-advice-public/contact-tracing-covid-19/covid-19-contact-tracing-locations-interest#auckfeb
Finally, kia kaha Nelson Marlborough! We've done this before. Follow the Alert Level 2 rules (they are easy), reach out to family and friends if you're feeling uneasy and be kind to yourself and others.