Over 40 people zoomed in to a meeting to discuss our preparedness for another lockdown to protect us all from COVID-19.

You can watch and listen to the Zui here.

Key points from the Zui on a community response in the case of resurgence.

  • MSD – support has increased in different areas.
  • Nationally – About 100 people pw still seeking help
  • If there is a resurgence, DHB will continue to provide the response
  • Hospital Provider Arm have incidents management team looking after treatment and services.  Toi Te Ora leading the contact tracing and testing for our area and also supporting Auckland.
  • Currently GP services doing testing for all BOP.  Have GP liaison who report back and who DHB maintains contact and monitoring in this area
  • MOH and DHBs sending situation reports daily about whats happening nationally
  • We are much better prepared this time.
  • MoH recommendation that Providers and Health services should be using masks.  DHB have an order form for PPE – download PPE Form.doc here.
  • Think about staff rostering to prevent burnout.
  • If we do have to go into regional lockdown it’s responsibility of all councils across the BOP. Civil Defence comes into force in an emergency situation.
  • Currently there are no central government funds left.  However,  there are alternative funds available through different streams including TECT etc.
  • Volunteer BOP have many volunteers available. They just need to know what jobs are available to fill.
  • Where do we get masks? Salvation Army have a supply for agencies. Contact Davina Plummer: davina.plummer@salvationarmy.org.nz
  • Councils do not have capability to be a provider of face masks.
  • There is a clear process from clinicians re death while in hospital:   Is available through MoH website.
  • It is compulsory as of Monday to wear masks on public transport.  These can be masks or, face coverings. Still unclear regards children up to 12yr old wearing masks?
  • A question about improving internet/device access for communities that need it?
  • A new lottery fund worth $40 million has been established to focus on community and social initiatives in response to COVID-19. Another $117.6 million of Lottery funding for 2020/21 will go to the Board’s statutory bodies (Sport New Zealand, Creative New Zealand, New Zealand Film Commission and Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision).
  • A packet of targeted information to be distributed to Maori leaders in Tauranga Moana will be compiled and distributed.
  • Internet and device accessibility for communities in need? https://www.skinny.co.nz/jump/home/ Funding available for devices, TECT, MSD Resilience Fund. Digital Wings for agencies.

Another meeting would probably take place in a couple of weeks.