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COVID-19 information for parents

Whakamahukitanga mo te Mate Kurahauao – Mō ngā mātua

Updated 28 February 2021

This afternoon all students were contacted informing them of how the University of Otago will operate under different Alert Levels. This information can be found here.

You may like to ensure your student or students are aware of this information.

We are working hard to keep the University of Otago operating for learning and research, and to keep students and staff safe as we follow Government advice.

After advice from the Ministry of Health, we are asking that all students who have arrived from Auckland since 10 February be aware of the latest Ministry of Health information regarding the current community cases of COVID‑19.

Ministry of Health website

In particular we are asking that any students who have a link to Papatoetoe High School, or anyone who has been to any of the places of interest identified by the Ministry of Health, contact the Public Health or HealthLine and stay at home in their college, flat, or homestay until they have done so. They may ask students to take additional action.  

Students on the Dunedin campus should contact Public Health South +64 3 476 9800 or email

All other campuses please call HealthLine on 0800 358 5453

The University will make personal contact with students from South Auckland to make sure they are well and understand whether they need to do anything.

All students at the University should get a test if they have any symptoms consistent with COVID‑19 now or at any time.

  • Students in Dunedin can contact Student Health to arrange a test.
  • Students on any of our other campuses can contact Healthline or their GP to arrange a test.

Please make sure you are aware of the Ministry of Health guidance regarding the ongoing COVID‑19 outbreak.

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