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Coronavirus COVID-19 information

COVID‑19 health advice

The Ministry of Health has shared these golden rules to help prevent further spread:

  • If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or University. Don’t socialise.
  • If you have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline and make sure you get tested.
  • Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
  • If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
  • If you’re concerned about your well-being, or have underlying health conditions, work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy.
  • Keep track of where you’ve been, when and who you’ve seen to help contact tracing if needed. Use the NZ COVID Tracer app as a handy way of doing this.
  • Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on. People and businesses should be prepared to act fast to step up alert levels if we have to.
  • People will have had different experiences over the last couple of months. Whatever you’re feeling — it’s okay. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself.

If you feel unwell and develop symptoms of COVID‑19, tell someone, and contact:

  • Otago and Southland regions:
    0800 VIRUS19 (0800 847 8719) – a new centralised call service and free phone number helping streamline assessment and possible testing for COVID‑19 in the Southern region (Dunedin, Invercargill, Queenstown).
  • All other regions:
    0800 358 5453 or +64 9 358 5453 – the dedicated COVID‑19 Healthline number.

Further information

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