Closely Monitoring Coronavirus/COVID-19
It’s business as usual for Hurunui District Council amid concern about coronavirus/COVID-19.
The Council has been closely following the situation and is ready to respond to and support New Zealand and Canterbury health agencies. While there have been five confirmed cases in New Zealand, the Ministry of Health consider the chance of widespread community outbreak to remain low.
Business as usual at Council facilities
With no advice from the Ministry of Health or Canterbury District Health Board to suggest a raised alert, Council business is continuing as normal.
However, we are asking that anyone who has been advised to self-isolate does not enter public facilities. People who are self-isolating are encouraged to instead communicate from home.
Throughout the situation the council will work to ensure essential services are maintained and public and staff wellbeing is put at the forefront of decision making.
The organisation is prepared to activate its business continuity and pandemic plans to make sure essential services (such as roading, water, sewerage and stormwater, refuse collection etc) will continue to be provided.
We are also prepared to support New Zealand health agencies with sharing of information and by making Civil Defence staff available.
Help minimise the transmission of flu-like illnesses
Here are a few ways you can help minimise the risk of transmission from flu-like illnesses:
- Avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections
- Wash your hands frequently with warm soapy water
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with tissues.
- Like with any other illness, people who feel unwell should stay home, prioritise their wellbeing and look after themselves. You can call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 from home for advice.
For health information and updates, please visit the Ministry of Health.