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Multi tasking . . . Gore Hospital receptionist Sonia Eckhout is busy answering the phone and asking visitors to the hos pital questions as part of the contact tracing register being kept dur ing Alert Level 2. PHOTO:SANDY EGGLESTON

“It is important we aren’t complacent,” Gore Health acting clinical manager Glenda Maxwell says.

Mrs Maxwell said although the country was at Covid-19 Alert Level 2 it was important people kept up good personal hygiene, social distancing and kept a record of where they had been for contact tracing.

“We are maintaining that within the hospital system but people should also be maintaining that in the community,” Mrs Maxwell said.

“People are going to have to take responsibility for this.”

Access to the hospital during working hours was still through the main front doors and all visitors to the hospital will be asked screening questions at reception.

“Their details will be put into a visitor register.”

Patients accessing the emergency department were asked to have just one support person with them.

Visiting hours at the hospital were from 2pm to 4pm and from 6pm to 7pm.

There was “one visitor at a time per patient, but the patient can nominate two to three people to visit.

“We will make exceptions.”

All staff were back on site and people including district nurses, occupational therapists and social workers were making some home visits.