Hikurangi Community Covid Response Plan
The HBA and Hikurangi Community Volunteers are working hard in the background to develop a community response plan for the Hikurangi District that provides support and guidance for those with questions about or are effected by Covid19. We do not yet know the impact covid19 may have on our community, so our group's aim is to be prepared for a possible outbreak and ensure information is available for anyone in our district who may end up effected by the illness. We aim to cover the following areas:-Hikurangi Township-Hukerenui-Towai-Whakapara-Puhipuhi-Whangaruru-Whananaki North and South-Opuawhanga-Marua-Kauri We are working on a variety of initiatives that can provide support for local residents, which includes: Community HelplineWe are developing a community helpline that people can call for local support as they recover from covid19 or for local help and information about any covid19 issues. Our 0800 phone number will be available 24/7 and is monitored by current or retired health professionals who will have contact lists for places that can meet your needs should you require help. We prioritize making sure accurate information is in our community regarding locations of interest in our district, information around correct isolation and cleaning protocols, provision of food, medical, and cleaning supplies, amongst other topics. WE ARE CALLING FOR MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS SERVICE. PLEASE EMAIL ADMIN@HIKURANGI.CO.NZ IF YOU ARE ABLE TO HELP.Please note the advice from the Northland District Health Board is that if you have any covid19 symptoms you should get a test. We will in due course provide a list of testing locations and have them listed on our hikurangi.co.nz website. If you aren't able to access a test call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice. Community Information BookletThis will be developed over the coming weeks and the purpose of this booklet is to help ensure you have prepared your home and family for an invasion of covid19. With guidelines around isolation protocols and how/when/where to get tested etc, we also include a checklist to ensure you have thought about what could happen if your household needs to lockdown and isolate, covering issues such as emergency contacts and who can feed your pets if you are unable to. For now, here is the NZ Governments advice on preparing your household for a covid19 outbreak:CLICK HERE Emergency SuppliesWe are working with local community groups who are able to drop off emergency supplies to your home if you need to isolate and require food, medical equipment, or cleaning supplies. In time we are also hoping to be able to drop off rapid antigen tests too if you suspect you have covid19 but are unable/not wanting to get to a testing site in Whangarei.WE ARE CALLING FOR LOCAL PRODUCE SUPPLIERS WHO ARE WILLING TO DONATE FOOD TO THOSE IN NEED. IF YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER FOR THIS SERVICE PLEASE EMAIL ADMIN@HIKURANGI.CO.NZ. Vaccinations and TestingWe will be liaising with local medical practices and other health providers to issue a list of testing sites/dates and vaccination sites/dates that are located closest to our district. Please keep an eye on our website for updated details as we consolidate all the public health information.