Helping those with Covid

Help a call away. . . Eastern Southland community connector Gail Poole gives copies of the tele phone numbers people can ring for help if they are self-isolating because of Covid-19, to Gore and Districts Senior Citizens Club president Alan Wilson. Mrs Poole spoke to club members at their Thursday lunch last week. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

Eastern Southland community connector Gail Poole’s priority is supporting those who have tested positive for Covid-19, she says.

She is now part of the Covid response network that is there to help when Covid becomes widespread in the community, Mrs Poole said.

“It’s in our community.

“It’s not an if, it’s a when you or someone you know needs to isolate.”

In the past the Government had managed the outbreak but there were now too many people testing positive for this to continue, she said.

Mrs Poole was concerned people would not be up to date with the new requirements.

“Changes have happened so quickly.”

It was important people made a plan with friends, family members and neighbours so they were not alone if they or the people they knew had to self-isolate, she said.

Now the country is in Red traffic light Phase 3, people who test positive for Covid-19 are expected to manage the illness themselves.

“You will get a lot of help and support if you activate it.”

People who test positive receive a text advising them of the result.

A link to a website form would be part of the text and people would need to fill it in.

“You need to contact all the people you have spent time with in the last three days so they can monitor for symptoms and then you need to isolate for 10 days.”

If people did not have a cellphone they would receive a landline call.

Now the country is in Phase 3 the definition of a close contact has changed.

A close contact is now only those members of the same household.

If someone received a negative test result life could continue as normal, she said.

If a person tested positive the rest of their household did not need to get tested unless they showed symptoms.

There are two telephone numbers people can ring for help if they are self-isolating.

If you are unwell and need help telephone 0800358-5453. If you need support for food, accommodation and essential needs phone 0800512-337.

Eastern Southland community connector Gail Poole is happy for people to contact her for more information on 0276000-575