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Resources for Isolating and Managing at Home

Andrew Metcalfe —

We are still in Orange with continued cases of COVID-19 in the South. We have some useful resources if you need a test, or to isolate, have recovered.... or have someone else that you are concerned about who may need a hand.

Presbyterian Support Otago Community Connector

Do you know of any individuals or whānau isolating due to positive COVID 19 results? If you do, please contact Presbyterian Support Otago. Our Community Connector can respond with specialized support.

The Community Connector can:

  • Call directly and offer support during what can be a stressful time.
  • Deliver a large food parcel – enough for the week of isolation, including specific toiletries, baby formula, medicines or other items that might be identified as necessary for their week of isolation.
  • Advise on available support for any ongoing impact isolation may bring - including financial support.

For more information, please contact - Ruth Harrison - Community Connector | Presbyterian Support Otago

P: 03 477 7116 | M: 0277003578

E: ruth.harrison@psotago.org.nz

Free Rapid Antigen Testing Now Available

See the Ministry of Health Website for more information. Attend a testing station, urgent care or GP if symptomatic or request a free RAT supply via: https://requestrats.covid19.health.nz/. Note one person can also pick up on the behalf of others within the residence. Call 0800VIRUS19 (0800 847 8719) to find out where the nearest place is to access testing. This number can also be called to request a delivery of RATs if there is lack of ability/transport to get to a RAT pickup station.

If RAT test positive: Upload RAT result to My Covid Record - this will link you into the system allowing you to get GP care by phone (this will be reinforced when the RATs are given). If you need help with doing this upload, you can call 0800 222 478.

If any are feeling unwell, call your GP or HealthLine COVID line on 0800 358 5453.

If you have recovered from COVID-19

Once you have recovered from COVID-19, you do not need to isolate again for 3 months — even if someone you live with tests positive.

This is because the risk of reinfection during this period is low.

If you develop new cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms within 29 days of your original infection, and are at low risk of severe illness, stay home and recover until 24 hours after you no longer have symptoms. You do not need to take a rapid antigen test (RAT).

What happens if we are exposed to the virus at Church?

Public Health South are also able to provide support and guidance for churches about what to do when there have been cases present at worship settings. Contact PHS EOC Operations on PHSOPS@southerndhb.govt.nz and then someone will phone back to assist 7 days per week.

Individual Isolation Information

A form you can complete and share if you have a significant role in your church (clergy, Lay Leader, Employee) and need others to know how they can support you. It flags if there is anything you may need support with, and also has some tips on how to self isolate at home (Word and pdf versions of the form also attached below). The Ministry of Health have updated information for household contacts including how long you need to isolate for. 

What Kind of Contact Are You — Image by: NZ Government
How to work out your 7 days isolation — Image by: NZ Government
Household Contacts What To Do — Image by: NZ Government
What to do if you have COVID-19 Symptoms — Image by: NZ Governament

(Poster of above picture attached below)

Extra more detailed resources and information about testing and isolation are attached below (COVID Message Grid, FAQ's Omicron response, RATs guide and Testing Guidance).

COVID-19 Community Response Webpage

Check out this page which has been recently updated with all kinds of resources, information and links to help you get through the pandemic. 

Getting prepared — Image by: NZ Government
How to self-isolate — Image by: NZ Government

Isolation Resources

Auckland based GP Dr Sanghya Ramanathan has put together a Video that has been widely watched and recommended. If you have 18 minutes to spare, its worth a watch (the attached Home Medical Management Plan for Mild COVID-19 document relates to this video).

Home Medical Management Plan for Mild Covid-19 by Dr Sandhya Ramanathan Dr Sandhya Ramanathan

The Department of Health also have two videos that are easy to watch and really helpful: 

How to Isolate at Home and Manage your COVID symptoms at home

How to isolate at home | Ministry of Health NZ Ministry of Health - Manatū Hauora

Managing your COVID symptoms | Ministry of Health NZ Ministry of Health - Manatū Hauora

Our own Hui Amorangi te Wai Ponamu have also shared a useful document called Kete Whanau (attached below).

Remember to keep an eye out for each other, make a plan, check in who you can support if they need to self isolate, as well as identify who can support you.