Update on

Novel Coronavirus

The Ministry of Education have put out clear guidelines for schools based on instructions from the Ministry of Health. As a school Whanganui Intermediate will be following these guidelines. Full details can be viewed at www.minedu.govt.nz and www.health.govt.nz or check out the latest info on our website.

Kia Mananwaroa

Kia Manawaroa is the web page and pānui for whānau Māori, that brings together information from the Ministry of Education and other education agencies, to support iwi and Māori audiences to increase their knowledge and therefore be given the opportunity to be more actively involved in supporting the learning of their tamariki.

Protect Yourself

Covid-19

This case was identified because the person and the family affected did the right thing and got in touch with health authorities.

The patient confirmed with COVID-19 is being treated in Auckland City Hospital. They are in an improving condition in isolation, in a negative pressure room to prevent any spread of the disease.

This is a good wake up call.  New Zealand has been free of the virus to date, but we knew that would not last.

What is still important is that we are all careful and observe basic health safety.

Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defence:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • cover coughs and sneezes with clean tissues or your elbow
  • put used tissues in the bin

Encourage anyone to stay home if unwell.  If you are concerned that someone is showing symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath, encourage them to first ring Healthline (0800 358 5453) or contact their GP by phoning ahead of their visit to explain symptoms and travel history.  Take care of yourself, your whanau and your community through these measures.

We are still focused on ‘keeping it out, and now stomping it out’ through track, trace and contain measures. It’s still important we all continue to be alert but not alarmed.