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Are you ready?

Thursday 20/01/2022

As the highly-infectious Omicron variant of COVID-19 spreads to our borders, now is the time to work out what you will do if someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19, as the entire household will need to stay home.

Have a plan! The website has detailed guidelines to ensure you can be as prepared as possible, including a list of what have on hand:

  • Make a list of whānau information — include everyone's names, ages, NHI numbers, any medical conditions and medication they normally take or medical supplies each person will need. Include emergency contact information like your doctor, afterhours, and any support agencies.
  • Gather things you enjoy. What might help stop boredom if you are isolating at home?
  • Put together a wellness kit — face coverings, hand sanitiser, gloves, tissues, rubbish bags, cleaning products.
  • Make sure you have things to help you with COVID-19 symptoms — like pain relief such as ibuprofen, nasal spray, throat lozenges, cough medicine, ice blocks, vapour rubs.
  • Prescription medicine - any medication that you or a member of your household takes regularly  

Download a readiness checklist here.

And click here from to find information in your language.

If you are isolating and need support, you can call the COVID Welfare Phone Line on 0800 512 337. It’s open seven days a week.



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