Selwyn Mayor Sam Broughton

Pandemic measures affect Selwyn

by Ann van Engelen

The social and economic fallout from the government’s progressive coronavirus countermeasures is beginning to be felt in Selwyn with major events being cancelled.

Selwyn Mayor Sam Broughton encourages the community to listen to the advice of the Ministry of Health and keep informed.

“Things are changing every day, and it is a time of uncertainty. Self-isolation is not just keeping to yourself. It is taking part in a community to ensure the virus has as little effect on our neighbours as possible. With less public events occurring, there is an opportunity to care for and share time with those you live with.

“The Selwyn District Council has initiated a number of things including increased cleaning of facilities and flexible work conditions for staff.”

Pandemic plans are in place to ensure that essential services such as roading, water, sewerage and stormwater, refuse collection, etc, will continue to be provided, says chief executive David Ward.

“We are also prepared to support New Zealand health agencies with the sharing of information and by making Civil Defence staff available. Ways to help minimise the risk of transmission from flu-like illnesses include avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections. Wash your hands frequently with warm soapy water, cover coughs and sneezes, and wash your hands regularly.”

Like with any other illness, people who feel unwell should stay home, prioritise their wellbeing and look after themselves. New border measures are in place as of Monday, March 16 and most travellers arriving in New Zealand are required to self-isolate for 14 days — check the website for more information.

The Ministry of Health advises that with continued vigilance the chance of widespread community outbreak is expected to remain low.

Self-isolation is an effective measure of prevention. The Ministry of Health is asking people to take simple, common-sense steps to avoid close contact with other people as much as possible — like you would with the seasonal flu virus.

“You can keep in touch with friends and family over the phone or through other means of contact. You can live with others during your 14 days, but you need to avoid close contact with them. It also, means don’t share beds, linen or food.

“Aim to stay in a well-ventilated room with a window that can be opened.

Try to keep the window open as much as possible to enable ventilation and airflow as this will help to keep clean air moving through your room.”

Contact Healthline for free on 0800 358 5453 if you begin to feel unwell. The symptoms of Covid-19 are cough, fever and shortness of breath.

For health information and updates, please visit the Ministry of Health website.