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This update describes the current Nelson Marlborough Health response to the coronavirus outbreak in China and points readers to official Ministry of Health information and advice.
The Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service (PHS) is following the guidance of the Ministry of Health about the coronavirus outbreak in China. The Ministry is closely monitoring the situation and is following the guidance of the World Health Organization.
PHS representatives are connected to the National Health Coordination Centre and are sharing information with secondary, community and primary health teams. PHS health protection (border health) officers are carrying out actions (listed below) to protect the Nelson Marlborough community as a first point of entry into NZ.
A Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH) incident management team is on stand-by but not yet active. NMH has a pandemic plan and a health emergency plan but neither are required to be activated as yet.
Collectively, district health boards and the New Zealand government are at the ‘readiness’ stage of the National Pandemic Action Plan.
Information for health professionals and the public
PHS Operations Manager Sonya Briggs encourages people to refer to the Ministry of Health website information for:
- current global status of the outbreak
- current New Zealand status (there are no cases and the current risk of outbreak is low)
- signs and symptoms
- advice for travellers
- advice for health professionals
Use the hyperlink above or the exact URL here: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov
Protecting our borders
PHS border health protection officers are:
- keeping border stakeholders informed including border agency, airport and airline staff through border advisories
- supporting border stakeholders to remind their staff of appropriate measures to protect from respiratory diseases (including from travellers from the northern hemisphere with flu as it is their flu season)
- providing advice to travellers arriving at New Zealand points of entry so they can recognise symptoms of concern and know to call Healthline to get advice on appropriate personal protection and obtaining treatment
- issuing health advice cards in English and Chinese languages
- responding to reports of ill travellers
- through ISS McKay, providing the health advice poster and the travel advice cards (English and Chinese versions) to incoming cruise vessels to display for passengers.