Practical advice if you end up isolating yourself with covid

Finding out that you have tested positive for Covid-19 may come as a surprise, especially if you have not planned for the period of isolation that will follow.

The Department of Health has information on the Unite against Covid-19 website to help families prepare for covid in their households and it includes a planning checklist, similar to other personal emergency plans.

Ashburton District Council Strategy and Compliance Group Director Jane Donaldson said everyone, whether vaccinated or not, should prepare for what they need if they contract Covid- 19.

“It is only a matter of time before a positive case of COVID-19 appears in our community. Most people will have mild to moderate illness and make a full recovery in their own homes. need help, the health system will always be available.

“Being prepared to receive COVID-19 is making sure you and your household have a plan and know what to do. This means that your family and community can help each other out when needed.

You can download this checklist: COVID-19 Preparedness Checklist [PDF, 121 KB]

You need to determine what to do if someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19 – the entire household will need to stay home. You need to determine who can help you, such as dropping off food or supplies, and if anyone in the household needs additional care or support.

Make plans if you have shared custody of a child or a dependent.

Talk to your employer, your child’s school. Do they need something from you? Will they be able to support you? Will you and your children be able to work or learn at home?

A sign outside your home will tell people that you are isolating yourself. If there are people helping with contactless deposit, do you want them to text or message before they arrive? Sound the horn from the portal? Use an agreed entry?

You can download this poster: We are self-isolating [PDF, 1.5 MB]

It is worth writing down important household instructions, like feeding pets, in case you need to go to isolation or to the hospital. You also need to think about how to minimize the spread of Covid-19 in your household, such as demarcating isolation areas and having a disinfection station.

Make sure you have things to help you with the symptoms of COVID-19 – like pain relief, throat lozenges, cough medicine, ice packs, and steam rubs.

Once you have a plan, make sure everyone in the house is aware of how to help each other if someone gets sick.

If you are isolated at home, reach out to friends and family by phone or online. We’re all in the same boat and we’ll get through it together.

For more information and advice, visit the government’s Covid-19 website, Get ready for COVID-19 | Unite against COVID-19.

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