COVID 19 - Guidance for NZACA members

There is currently a global outbreak of a new coronavirus disease called COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Information on the disease is provided by the Ministry of Health here.

COVID-19 makes people sick, usually with a mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illness, similar to a common cold. For those with a weakened immune system, including the elderly, there’s a chance the virus could cause a lower, and much more serious, respiratory tract illness like a pneumonia or bronchitis.

Rest homes are used to managing illness and the staff know how to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. At the same time NZACA is working hard to ensure that national plans are in place to respond appropriately to the increased risk posed by COVID-19.

Information for aged care providers from the Ministry of Health can be found here. For information regarding travel and border restrictions refer to Immigration New Zealand.

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