Preparing your whānau for COVID-19
There are simple, practical things you can do to prepare in case you, or someone in your whānau becomes unwell, or if COVID-19 becomes common in our community.
Make a plan for your household (if one of you gets COVID-19) that includes:
- Essential supplies on hand so you will not need to leave your home if you become ill
- Avoid panic buying. Add a few extra items every time you shop
- Alternative arrangements in case you become ill or if you need to care for a sick family member. For example:
- Have backup childcare in case you or your usual care provider become ill
- Talk to your tamariki about how to reach out for help
- If you care for dependents, have a backup caregiver in place
- If you need to self-isolate away from your home have a back-up person to feed/exercise/look after your animals
- Pre-prepare some meals and freeze them
- Talk to your employer about working from home if possible
- A way to notify each other if you get sick
- Think about how to warn other members of your whānau to avoid direct contact
- Prepare a sanitising station at the front door
- Put a sign on the letterbox
- A map of your house with isolation areas - and explain it to your tamariki
- A list everyone's names and medications or medical issues
If you or a member of your whānau test positive for COVID-19 you will have to isolate immediately.
Most people with COVID-19 are likely to have mild to moderate illness and will be able to self-isolate and fully recover in their own home, or in suitable alternative accommodation, with support from local healthcare providers.
Care in the community will provide you tailored support to manage your illness and reduce the chance of transmission to your family and your community. It is a model for people with COVID-19 and health providers to make sure the right support is provided and the whole whānau is prepared.
Find out more about self-isolating and how you will be supported on these websites:
Display your contact list clearly for all members of your whānau.
- Your doctor
- Your pharmacy
Your support network
Make a list of household instructions of things you usually do but cannot do while isolating, such as:
- feeding pets
- paying bills
- watering the plants
- instructions on how to use things such as appliances, video calling (Zoom) and other technology
- instructions of any medications that need to be administered.
Prepare to stay healthy while isolating. Ensure you have plenty of healthy food, cleaning and hygiene products and healthcare supplies for the duration of your isolation. For example:
- frozen fruit and vegetables (high in vitamin content)
- dried pasta and rice
- pasta sauces
- canned soups, vegetables
- pet food and supplies
- food, formula and drinks for babies and small children
- dried or long life milk
- baking supplies
- ingredients to make and freeze meals in advance (you won't want to cook if you are sick)
- toilet paper
- feminine hygiene products
- nappies and wipes
- facial tissue
- soap, shampoo and conditioner
- alcohol-based hand sanitiser containing at least 60% alcohol
- regular prescription medicines - ask your doctor for a prescription
- fever-reducing medications (eg, paracetamol/ibuprofen)
- throat lozenges
- medical masks
- household rubber gloves
- heat and cool packs
- ice blocks / hydration fluids
- paper towels
- plastic bin bags
- laundry detergent
- regular household cleaning products
- hard-surface disinfectant, or if not available, concentrated (5%) liquid bleach and a separate container for dilution.
Here's a checklist of things to get organised to keep you busy/entertained while isolating:
- soothing music
- colouring and other activities for children
- community and daily newspapers
- outdoor activities for in your yard
- house projects to keep adults who are well busy
- colouring and other activities for children
- ideas for exercise or physical activity within your home.
Staying connected is really important, have a plan of how to do so safely.
- Share your isolation plan with your family, friends and neighbours.
- Set up a buddy system to check in on each other by phone, email or text during times of need.
- Set up a computer ready for virtual catch ups.
- Have a sign ready to put up at the front door to show you are isolating - download the 'We are isolating' poster here.
Here are some reminders to help us all stay vigilant and minimise the spread of COVID-19 during the summer:
- Wear a mask or face covering when out and about
- Scan everywhere you go, or manually update your diary in the COVID Tracer app or paper copy
This is especially important when on holiday because later you may not remember all the locations you have visited or the people you have seen.
- Have your vaccine pass ready, either on your phone or a paper copy
It will be needed to enter places that require proof of vaccination. A paper copy of your My Vaccine Pass is a useful back-up to keep with you, in case you lose your phone, or it has run out of battery.
- Get tested - testing services will remain available over summer
If you need to get a test, call Healthline or check the Healthpoint website for details of the nearest testing service and find out when they are open.
- Be prepared
Have backup plans should the COVID-19 Protection Framework setting change.
- Continue to maintain good hygiene practices
- If you become unwell or have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive case whilst in your home region:
- Stay at home, do not travel or take part in events or activities if you are sick.
- Contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice and to arrange to get tested.
- If you become unwell or have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive case while on holiday or away from home:
- Contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice on whether to get tested; check the Healthpoint website for details of the nearest testing service.
- If you are advised to get a test, please do so as soon as possible; do not wait until you get home to get tested.
- If you are symptomatic, isolate until you receive your test result.
- If you test positive for COVID-19 while on holiday, a health official will discuss your relevant circumstances and advise you as to what you should do. They will discuss your options and agree on a plan that reduces risk to others.
- If you are unable to return home safely, you will be supported to isolate in accordance with the COVID-19 Care in the Community programme.
Page last updated: 28/01/2022