Covid-19 Delta outbreak

7 Sep 2021


New Zealand's Alert Levels changed to Level 4 at 11.59pm on Tuesday 17 August 2021. Currently Auckland is at Alert Level 4. The rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 2.

Learn more about the Alert Levels on the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, call Healthline on 0800 358 5453, your doctor or iwi health provider. They will tell you if you should get a COVID-19 test.

Face coverings are now mandatory at Alert Level 2 for most people visiting and working in businesses and services

Face coverings can help reduce the spread of COVID-19. They stop droplets spreading when someone speaks, laughs, coughs or sneezes. This includes someone who has COVID-19 but feels well or has no obvious symptoms. Learn more about where and when to wear a face covering on the Unite Against COVID-19 website

Locations of interest and testing

All testing sites around the country are safe – there is no evidence of getting COVID-19 while waiting to get tested.
  • To keep us all safe, it is important that everybody keeps an eye on locations of interest on the Ministry of Health website.
  • Any person who has visited a location of interest may have been exposed and must immediately isolate and arrange a test.
  • An additional Section 70 notice is in place that applies to any person who is a household contact of a person who has attended the locations of interest or who has been classified as a contact.
  • If a person has visited a location of interest, their household contacts will need to isolate at home until the person has received a negative day 5 test or until after an earlier negative test, if contact between the two people has ceased.
  • If you have been at any of these locations of interest during the relevant time, please self-isolate and call your GP or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice on what to do next.
  • Additionally, if you live in the same whare as someone who has been at a location of interest, please isolate at home until they receive a negative test – you don’t need to be tested unless you are asked.
  • Kia mōhio mai, isolating at Alert Level 4 means isolating away from other people in your whare.

If you are unwell

If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, call:
  • Healthline for free on 0800 358 5453
  • your doctor or nurse, or your iwi health provider.
A health professional will let you know the next steps and if you should get a test.

Test result text scam

There are reports that some people have received text messages saying they have tested positive for COVID-19. ALL positive test results are notified by a phone call. Only negative results are notified by text message. If you receive one of these text messages informing you of a positive test, please ignore it.

Exemptions are not needed for Alert Level 4 and 3 essential travel

Remember, you do not need an exemption to travel for essential reasons within your region, this includes:
  • shopping for groceries
  • accessing necessary healthcare, like going to the doctors or pharmacy
  • going to get a COVID-19 test
  • exercising in your local area
  • going to work if you’re an essential worker who cannot work from home.

If you do not need to travel for an essential reason as listed above, then please stay home in your bubble, and help save lives – he noho kāinga, he oranga tangata.

Answering calls from unknown numbers to help contact tracing

Please make sure you answer any unknown phone calls during this time. DHBs and public health units are struggling with reaching whānau identified as close or casual contacts because they’re not answering their phones, likely due to the call coming from an ‘unknown number’ - during times like this, it’s critically important we all remain as accessible as possible for contract tracers and public health kaimahi.

Wellbeing resources and advice for getting help

Alert Level 4 and 3 can be a particularly unsettling time, and the uncertainty can have an impact on our mental wellbeing. It is okay to not be okay. There are many organisations and services doing mahi to support whānau mental wellbeing through COVID-19.

Some useful resources...

Due to call volumes please do not call Healthline for general COVID-19 information visit the Unite Against COVID-19 website for information including health, travel, education, business and community issues.