I te tuatahi, ki tā tātou hoa mahi i pāngia e te mate Korona, kua tukuna e mātou ngā karakia kia piki te kaha, kia piki te ora ki runga i a koutou.
Kua tae mai te pānui nei i te Tumuaki taupua, i a Simon Everitt, kia mataara!
Ahakoa te taumaha o te kaupapa nei, kia kaha rā! Kei a tātou ngā rautaki, te tikanga me ngā tūkanga kia tiaki, kia manaaki tātou ki a tātou anō.
E hoki ki ngā kupu o ngā tūpuna, kaua e mate wheke, me mate mango-ururoa. Tēnā koutou.
Our thoughts go out to our staff members and patient who are now facing recovery from COVID-19. We also offer our support to their whānau who will be concerned and worried for their loved ones.
Tuesday, 21st April 2020
MEDIA ADVISORY: Update on COVID-19 cases Bay of Plenty District Health Board
The health, welfare and wellbeing of our staff and patients remain our highest priority as we continue to work together to eliminate COVID-19. Two Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) employees and one patient have tested positive for COVID-19 during the weekend.
One of the staff members who tested positive works for Adult Mental Health and Addiction Services and has been in isolation for two weeks as a result of contact tracing two weeks ago, and remains in self isolation.
The second staff member works in Te Whare Maiangiangi, the adult mental health ward at Tauranga Hospital. In addition, a current patient in the ward yesterday also tested positive for COVID-19.
Both staff members are in quarantine and are being supported by family and the DHB. The patient who tested positive is in isolation in the Te Whare Maiangiangi ward and is being cared for by ward staff, who are in appropriate PPE, and all steps are being taken to ensure the safety of staff, patients and their families.
All staff members and patients who have been in contact with the three confirmed cases are being followed up and have either been tested and are awaiting lab test results or are in the process of being tested.
We are confident that our staff were scrupulous in following the guidelines and that they did everything possible to keep themselves and others safe.
Our focus is on identifying and testing all close contacts and preventing the spread of further infection from this outbreak.
We are working with our colleagues at Toi Te Ora Public Health, the Ministry of Health and other relevant agencies to identify all close contacts of these confirmed cases. These contacts, whether they are symptomatic or not, will be advised to go to a Community Based Assessment Centre (CBAC) for testing.
The Te Whare Maiangiangi ward has been closed to new admissions, and we are working with Whakatāne Hospital and Lakes District Health Board to continue to provide care for our patients.
Staff are continuing to use appropriate PPE as recommended by Ministry of Health guidelines.
Bay of Plenty DHB
BOP and Lakes DHBs have created a new website to help address any COVID-19 questions. The website has the latest health updates relating to COVID-19, plus answers to frequently asked questions. You can find it at: covid19.bopdhb.govt.nz
Enquiries to the BOP HEALTH COVID-19 response team can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more details contact:
Māori Health Gains and Development
Mobile: 027 270 5303
Communications Advisor - Bay of Plenty District Health Board
DDI: 07 579 8411
Mobile: 027 839 1791
Fax: 07 577 9195
Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā provide information and resources specifically for Māori about the COVID-19 pandemic. This information has been developed by leading Māori medical experts for whānau Māori.
As tangata whenua, it’s important that Māori have access to tailored and relevant information, resources and practical guidance and advice on how to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 Advice for Māori provides practical advice and guidance to whānau Māori that individuals, Māori Health Practitioners, marae, hapu and iwi can use to keep their whānau safe.
Information for our Kaumātua
Just like our tamariki, our kaumātua are living taonga. Unfortunately, kaumātua are most at risk from COVID-19. Anyone, especially kaumātua, are also more likely to get sick if you also have the following health conditions:
Information for hapu māmā, unborn pēpi and newborn pēpi.
The risks of COVID-19 to hapu māmā, unborn pēpi and newborn pēpi are still generally unknown.
While most hapu māmā who catch COVID-19 will have mild symptoms, it is important that we do everything to keep hapu māmā safe during this time.
For the period that Alert-Level 4 restrictions are in place, it is important that you and your whānau follow the basic advice for general hygiene.
General advice for hapu māmā:
For anyone leaving the whare:
For information about maternity care, labour, delivery, caring for your newborn pēpi and more during COVID-19 Alert Level 4 please visit the website link below.
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a type of coronavirus. There are simple steps you can take to protect you and your whānau.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are:
Shortness of breath is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention.
We don’t yet know how long symptoms take to show after a person has been infected, but current World Health Organisation assessments suggest that it is 2–10 days.
If you have these symptoms, please don't assume it is just a cold, call Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or your doctor immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions
I'm worried I might have COVID-19, should I visit a testing centre?
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or call your local GP for advice. Your GP or Healthline will refer you to a testing centre. You can read advice on symptoms of COVID-19 from the Ministry of Health here.
How is testing done?
Testing or swabbing may be done in a dedicated testing space by staff or from inside your car.
When will my test results be available?
Test results are generally available within 48 hours.Regional Public Health will notify you if your test result is positive, and work with you to manage your health.
Where is the Community Based Assessment Centre?
For whānau living in Tauranga, it is at Trustpower Baypark Stadium, 81 Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui. It is open everyday 9am-6pm.
If you live in another part of New Zealand you can find out where your nearest Community Based Assessment Centre is by calling Healthline on 0800 358 5354.
For more symptom and testing, please visit the COVID-19 Website below.
Stay Current on COVID-19 Updates
Guidelines around what happens when a loved one passes, Tangihanga and funeral services during the Alert Level 4 lockdown have been shared by the Māori Health Directorate and the Ministry of Health and have been developed in consultation with iwi and pandemic experts.
We have summarised the latest update for your ease, but you can view and download the full guidelines on our website, by clicking the link below.
I want to acknowledge that this lockdown has impacted us all in many and various ways ranging from lost income, redundancies, health needs, accommodation issues, mental health issues, kai supplies etc . I strongly encourage you all to call our 0800 number for advice and or assistance.
Finally on a personal note I will be staying with my mum in her bubble. She isn’t liking this lockdown at all so for all of you out there taking care of our kaumatua, pakeke, vulnerable whānau, be assured they absolutely need you to maintain contact with them by phone or zoom link or whatever works to keep them safely connected. Mum doesn’t engage with modern technology in the way most of us do so let’s help our elders to feel connected with their loved ones.
Heoi anō tāku mō nāianei
Ngāti Ranginui Iwi – Our Response
Ngāti Ranginui will continue to operate as an essential service provider, through this lockdown and beyond. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. If you are concerned about your health or feel at all unwell, please phone the Healthline number immediately. They will assess you over the phone and if required arrange for you to visit a Community Based Assessment Centre.
Our 0800 number is now active and available to whānau / clients.
If you need assistance, please call freephone.
Ngāti Ranginui Iwi
0800 494 6262
If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms or believe you may need to be tested, please call the COVID-19 Healthline.
0800 358 5354