16 March, 2020
At present, ATMC-NZ has no identified cases of anyone having direct contact with someone with the virus. Further, no one (students or staff) have displayed symptoms or been tested as positive for having the virus.
The New Zealand Government has put in place self-isolation requirements for anyone arriving in New Zealand from any port or country, excluding the Pacific Islands. This means that any student arriving in New Zealand this week onward and until further notice, will have to self-isolate.
ATMC-NZ is developing systems, tools and processes to enable teaching staff, student service staff, and students to continue teaching, learning, assessments, and support as if we were all or some were in self-isolation for a period of two weeks. Training sessions will be rolled out over the next two weeks and the systems, tools and processes tested this week. ATMC-NZ will keep you up to date with the testing and training sessions.
This week and for the foreseeable future, teaching and learning continues as normal. There will be no changes to timetables, teaching staff, or your support services. Please come to the campus as normal.
If you are feeling unwell
If you are feeling unwell at any stage, please call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 in the first instance.
You can also call ATMC at on our 24/7 emergency number 0800 101 619.
If you are feeling unwell and are experiencing one or more of the symptoms (see the symptoms below), do not come to the ATMC-NZ campus. Please contact the Reception at:
- Phone 09 309 5208 or
- Email [email protected] or
- ATMC-NZ 24/7 emergency number 0800 101 619
The Ministry of Health present the following advice.
Prevention is the best medicine
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with tissues.
- Put used tissues in the bin or a bag immediately.
- Wash your hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds).
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
- Avoid personal contact, such as kissing, sharing cups or food with sick people, handshakes, hugging and hongi.
- At least 2 metres of personal space between individuals is recommended.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs.
- Stay home if you feel unwell.
- Call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if you have any symptoms and have been to any countries or territories of concern or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19.
Wash your hands
Cleaning your hands frequently throughout the day by washing with soap and water for 20 seconds or using hand sanitiser will help protect you and the people you live with. This step is one of the most effective ways of reducing the risk of infection to you and to other people. If you live with others, they should also wash their hands regularly as a precaution.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Face masks are not recommended as an effective means of preventing the spread of infection. They play an important role in clinical settings, such as hospitals, but there’s very little evidence of benefit from their use outside of these settings.
- a cough
- a high temperature (at least 38°C)
- shortness of breath.
These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as a normal cold and flu.
Shortness of breath is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention.
We don’t yet know how long symptoms take to show after a person has been infected, but current World Health Organization assessments suggest that it is 2–10 days.
If you have these symptoms and have recently been to a country or area of concern, or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19, please telephone Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or your doctor immediately.
What to do if exposed to the virus
People returning from any country except from the Pacific Island nations, or who may have been exposed to COVID-19, are to self-isolate themselves for 14 days from the date of departure to keep their communities safe.
If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 you should self-isolate for 14 days from the date of close contact.
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. We are asking people to take simple, common-sense steps to avoid close contact with other people as much as possible, like you would with the seasonal flu virus. We know it may be a stressful time, but taking these measures will help protect you, your family, and all of New Zealand from COVID-19 and other common infectious diseases.
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.
If you are in a home where the others who live with you haven’t travelled, you should minimise close contact with them by avoiding situations where you have face-to-face contact closer than 2 metres for 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 for cleaning or wash them in your washing machine.
Contact Healthline for free on 0800 358 5453 if you begin to feel unwell. The symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever, and shortness of breath.
For all non-health related questions, call 0800 Government (0800 779 997).