COVID 19 – 2 March 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – MONDAY 2 MARCH 2020 

You will have seen the Prime Minister has announced that the first case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in New Zealand. 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. 

What is still important is that we are all careful and observe basic health safety. Go to the Ministry of Health website for more information about preventing the risk: COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) guidance – Ministry of Health 

Preventing the risk at Kohimarama School 

Everybody should follow the following basic principles to reduce the risk of getting an acute respiratory infection or passing it on to others: 

  • If you are feeling unwell you should remain away from school. 
  • regularly washing hands (for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap and dry thoroughly) 
  • covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze 
  • avoiding close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms 
  • if you feel unwell you should avoid public gatherings and events 
  • cleaning surfaces regularly (when infection is suspected). 

Signs and symptoms 

Symptoms of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing. Difficulty breathing can be a sign of pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention. Go to the Ministry of Health website for more information about the signs and symptoms: COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) – Ministry of Health 

Kohimarama School Pandemic Plan 

Like most schools Kohimarama has already updated its Pandemic Plan in relation to Coronavirus. This is a precautionary measure at this time. Remember, if you are feeling unwell you should remain away from school and follow the advice of the Ministry of Health and your GP. 

Updating Parent Details and Contact Numbers We will be collecting the above information over the next few weeks to ensure our lines of communication are open and correct. Please email any changes to contact details to the office as soon as you can.