On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic.
Since then, cases of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) have been confirmed in New Zealand. The Ministry of Health advises that, with continued vigilance, the chance of a widespread outbreak is low.
To help respond to COVID-19, the New Zealand Government has now put in place an alert system.
In line with the direction of the New Zealand Government, UP Education campuses in New Zealand will be closed from Tuesday 24 March 2020. The Government has indicated it will review this decision on Monday 20 April 2020.
While our campuses aren’t physically open, all UP Education schools remain open and operating in terms of continuing the delivering education to our students. We will be doing this through the streamed delivery of classes. Students are being communicated with on how this will work.
The health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is our absolute priority and we will continue to monitor the situation closely and follow all protocols advised by Government.
In addition, we are committed to continuing to support those students affected by travel restrictions by providing flexible start dates and delivering online learning so they can continue their studies.
Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to a range of other illnesses, such as influenza. Having these symptoms does not necessarily mean that you have COVID-19, but it is important to seek medical advice if you have them, especially if you have recently been out of New Zealand.
If you feel unwell, DO NOT MIX WITH OTHERS and call Healthline’s COVID-19 line or contact your GP.
Healthline has translators and interpreters available 24/7 in 150 languages:
COVID-19 spreads through droplets from coughing or sneezing, just like the common cold and flu. In order to prevent it spreading, we all need to take simple steps. These include:
Go to the Government’s COVID-19 website for more information about preventing the risk: www.covid19.govt.nz
If you have the symptoms, and have recently been to a country or area of concern, or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19, DO NOT MIX WITH OTHERS OR COME TO CAMPUS and call Healthline’s COVID-19 line on:
Healthline has translators and interpreters available 24/7 in 150 languages.
If you intend to visit your GP or after-hours medical centre, phone ahead to let them know.
More health advice and virus prevention information is available on the Ministry of Health website:
Self-isolation requires someone to stay at home. Staying home is a precautionary measure to protect those around you – your family, friends, colleagues – from possibly contracting COVID-19.
Self-isolation is an effective measure of prevention. As much as possible, you should limit your contact with people other than the family members/companions you travelled with. You should avoid having visitors to your home, but it is okay for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food and supplies at your door.
If you are in a home where the others who live with you haven’t travelled or been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, you should minimise close contact with them by avoiding situations where you have face-to-face contact closer than 2 metres and for no more than 15 minutes. The other household residents do not need to self-isolate provided these precautions are followed.
You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, pillows or other items with other people in your home. After using these items, you should wash them thoroughly with soap and water, place them in the dishwasher or washing machine.
For more information visit the Ministry of Health section of Self Isolation. https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-health-advice-general-public/covid-19-staying-home-self-isolation
The New Zealand Government has closed the New Zealand border to almost all foreign travellers.
Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis by Immigration New Zealand for:
New Zealanders overseas who are intending to return home are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.
Any person entering New Zealand must self-isolate for 14-days.
New Zealanders are advised not to travel overseas at this time. The New Zealand Government has raised its travel advice to “do not travel” – the highest level – regardless of destination.
New Zealanders overseas are advised to register their details with SafeTravel, in order to receive notification of any changes made to travel advice.
See the New Zealand Government coronavirus web page for further information: COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) – New Zealand Government
Temporary restrictions on travel remain in place as a precautionary measure.
If students or parents have visa-related questions, they should check Immigration New Zealand, which provides updates on the visa situation through its website: Travel and visa advice – Immigration New Zealand
As COVID-19 is now a notifiable infectious disease, treatment for people who have, or who are suspected of having, COVID-19 is publicly funded under the infectious disease exception. This covers anyone in New Zealand, regardless of visa/citizenship status or length of time in the country.
More information is available on the Ministry of Health’s website: People receiving treatment for infectious diseases – Ministry of Health
It is natural to feel anxious as a result of COVID-19 and it is important that you take care of your mental wellbeing.
More advice for managing mental wellbeing is available on the Ministry of Health website: Managing your mental wellbeing – Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health also offers a 24-hour ‘Need to talk?’ helpline staffed by mental health professionals. This is a free number or call or text at 1737 at any time: Need to talk? Free phone or text 1737 – Ministry of Health
There is also an NZ Government COVID-19 support factsheet, and more information on their website: COVD-19 support factsheet – NZ Government