NZ Covid-19 Alert Level Chart

Apr 09, 2020
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NZ Covid-19 Alert Level ChartNZ Covid-19 Alert Level ChartAt her media conference, the Prime Minister’s mentioned the Covid-19 Alert levels chart.New Zealand is currently on level 2, no non-essential travel.

Here is a simple table that explains the alert levels COVID_Alert-levels_v2 PDF or read it all below. More here Ministry of Health website covid19.govt.nz

  • These alert levels specify the public health and social measures to be taken.
  • The measures may be updated on the basis of (i) new scientific knowledge about COVID-19 and (ii) information about the effectiveness of intervention measures in New Zealand and elsewhere.
  • The alert levels may be applied at a town, city, territorial local authority, regional or national level.
  • Different parts of the country may be at different alert levels. We can move up and down alert levels.
  • In general, the alert levels are cumulative, e.g. Level 1 is a base-level response. Always prepare for the next level.
  • At all levels, health services, emergency services, utilities and goods transport, and other essential services, operations and staff, are expected to remain up and running. Employers in those sectors must continue to meet their health and safety obligations.

Level 3 – Restrict: Heightened risk that disease is not contained

Risk Assessment

  • Community transmission occurring OR
  • Multiple clusters break out.

Range of measures (can be applied locally or nationally)

  • Travel in areas with clusters or community transmission limited
  • Affected educational facilities closed
  • Mass gatherings cancelled
  • Public venues closed (e.g. libraries, museums, cinemas, food courts, gyms, pools, amusement parks)
  • Alternative ways of working required and some non-essential businesses should close
  • Non face-to-face primary care consultations
  • Non acute (elective) services and procedures in hospitals deferred and healthcare staff reprioritised

Level 4 – Eliminate Likely that disease is not contained

Risk Assessment

  • Sustained and intensive transmission
  • Widespread outbreaks

Range of measures (can be applied locally or nationally)

  • People instructed to stay at home
  • Educational facilities closed
  • Businesses closed except for essential services (e.g. supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics) and lifeline utilities
  • Rationing of supplies and requisitioning of facilities • Travel severely limited •
  • Major reprioritisation of healthcare services

Alert Level 2 – Reduce. Disease is contained, but risks of community transmission growing includes:

Risk Assessment

  • High risk of importing COVID-19 OR
  • Uptick in imported cases OR
  • Uptick in household transmission OR
  • Single or isolated cluster outbreak

Range of measures (can be applied locally or nationally)

  • Entry border measures maximised
  • Further restrictions on mass gatherings
  • Physical distancing on public transport (e.g. leave the seat next to you empty if you can)
  • Limit non-essential travel around New Zealand
  • Employers start alternative ways of working if possible (e.g. remote working, shift-based working, physical distancing within the workplace, staggering meal breaks, flexible leave arrangements)
  • Business continuity plans activated
  • High-risk people advised to remain at home (e.g. those over 70 or those with other existing medical conditions)

Here is a simple table that explains the alert levels COVID_Alert-levels_v2

 

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