Covid 19: Update from TDHB

CURRENT CASE SITUATION

Taranaki has no confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) have confirmed 14 new cases today, including one in managed isolation in Hamilton and 13 new community cases in the Auckland area who are all linked to the four confirmed cases of COVID-19.

HIGH DEMAND FOR TESTING

Taranaki is experiencing a significant increase in the demand for COVID-19 testing. Hundreds of people have been swabbed over the last few days and Taranaki DHB would like to thank our community for being so responsible and getting tested when they have symptoms.

We also ask for patience and understanding whilst we process the large volume of people accessing testing clinics. Testing teams across Taranaki at hospitals and in General Practice are working extremely hard offering public advice on phone calls, making appointments for people to be tested, swabbing and processing all the paperwork. It’s a big job for hospital and community health staff who are going the extra mile to ensure everyone who needs a test, gets one. We ask you continue to show patience and understanding during this busy time.

HOW TO ACCESS TESTING

The best way for people with symptoms to access COVID-19 testing is by ringing Healthline, their GP or iwi health provider, or the testing clinics. A health professional will advise whether people should get tested. People who are feeling fine and well do NOT need a test.

There are five testing clinics around the region, including Hawera, Opunake, Waitara and two in New Plymouth. For more testing information please see our COVID-19 webpage here.

REQUESTING PPE

All Taranaki based non-government organisations (NGOs) are reminded to request any personal protective equipment (PPE) from the DHB through our dedicated COVID-19 email address – TDHBCovid.enquiries@tdhb.org.nz

PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT

It’s totally normal to feel a bit shaken and on-edge right now. These are truly extraordinary times. Traumatic events affect people differently, but there is support for those who are struggling. Free call or text 1737 any time, 24 hours a day for support from a trained counsellor, or contact Lifeline on 0800 543 354 or text HELP to 4357.

Health Care New Zealand is also providing a free counselling service for frontline health care professionals and care workers who are seeking mental health and wellbeing support during the COVID-19 response. Health care professionals and care workers can access this confidential service by calling 0800 820 080 to make an appointment with an experienced therapist.

Taranaki DHB has a dedicated COVID-19 webpage with great health and wellbeing advice offering self-help tools, helplines for children and young people, and support for frontline health care professionals. Check it out here.

NZ COVID TRACER

The MoH is stepping up its promotion of the NZ COVID Tracer app to ensure people are keeping a record of their whereabouts. Hospitals’ and DHB health centres encourage people accessing services to download, register and use the tracer app from now on.

Please look out for the QR codes on display and use them, this helps to keep the public, health care staff and patients’ safe.

KEEPING SAFE

While the news of cases in the community can be unsettling or frightening, there are some small things we can do to keep ourselves and others safe, and that helps us hold on to a small but important sense of control:

•       practise good hand and face hygiene

•       keep track of we’re you’ve been

•       stay at home if you are sick

•       take a test if you’re offered one

•       physical distancing

•       wear a mask where physical distancing cannot be maintained

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