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Protect yourself during the summer | Otago Daily Times News Online

Summer is here and we all want to stay safe and enjoy it. Here are some reminders to help us stay alert and minimize the spread of COVID-19 during the holiday season.
  • Wear a mask or face cover when going out
  • Scan anywhere you go or manually update your log in the COVID Tracer app or on a hard copy. This is especially important during the holidays, because later on you may not remember all the places you visited or the people you saw.
  • Prepare your vaccination card, either on your phone or on a hard copy. It will be required to enter places requiring proof of vaccination. A hard copy of your My Vaccine Pass is a useful backup to keep with you in case you lose your phone or run out of battery.
  • Get tested – testing services will remain available during the summer. If you need to take a test, call Healthline (0800 358 5453) or check the Healthpoint website for more information on the nearest testing service and find out when it’s open.
  • Be ready. Have backup plans if the COVID Protection Framework setting changes
  • Continue to maintain good hygiene practices.

If you are not feeling well, or have been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case in your area of ​​origin:

  • Stay home, do not travel, or participate in events or activities if you are sick
  • Call 0800 VIRUS-19 (0800 847 8719) for advice and to arrange your test

If you are not feeling well or have been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case while on vacation or away from home:

  • Call 0800 VIRUS-19 (0800 847 8719) or visit the Healthpoint website for information on local healthcare professionals who can advise you if and where you should be tested.
  • If you are advised to take a test, please do so as soon as possible; don’t wait to get home to get tested
  • If you are symptomatic, isolate until you receive your test result
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 while on vacation, a health official will discuss your situation and advise you on what to do. They will discuss your options and agree on a plan that reduces risk for others
  • If you cannot return home safely, you will be supported to self-isolate in accordance with the COVID-19 Care in the Community program.

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