Coronavirus update

As you may have seen in the media the situation is rapidly evolving internationally concerning the coronavirus.

The coronavirus a new virus and its specific nature is currently unclear, however it appears that you can have the virus at an early stage and not be showing any symptoms.  The incubation period is considered to be 14 days.  

Young people are currently returning to their tertiary study and we are intending on welcoming international students to study in 2020, some of whom may actually be from an area where there is coronavirus. 

Having said that, the health of students and our team is our priority. It is our intention to err on the side of caution and below are some steps we intend to take.

1. As always, anyone who is unwell should not be at work or studying. If you have a particular concern about any student or one of our team members, please urge them to contact Healthline at 0800 611 116 or their GP for medical advice. Healthline has translators and interpreters available 24/7 in 150 languages and they do have Mandarin and Cantonese speaking staff available.

2. For anyone who may be at high risk of exposure because they have recently been to China or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with the virus, we will be asking the team member or student delay the start of their study year for 14 days and voluntarily stay away.  If you fall into this category then you are requested to speak directly with your line manager.

I encourage everyone to keep an eye on the Ministry of Education’s website(external link) as they will be updating this as new information is received.

Other useful information

In terms of keeping yourself well, the World Health Organisation suggests the following:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick 
  • Wash hands frequently, especially after contact with ill people or their environment
  • Avoid close contact with sick farm animals or wild animals 
  • People with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette: maintain distance, cover mouth, and cover coughs or sneezes with disposable cloths or clothing. 

Please also bear in mind that you can also contact your local District Health Board if you require further information. You can find your local DHBs contact information on the Public Health Unit Contacts(external link) page.

The Ministry of Education is working closely with the Ministry of Health to ensure that we have the most relevant information to inform your planning in regard to the potential risks associated with the coronavirus and information is now on the Ministry of Education’s website(external link).

Current travel information – please do continue to refer to the Ministry of Health’s information page(external link) on their website.  It will be updated as new information comes to hand.

Students or NMIT team members about to travel to China – please refer to the MFAT website(external link) for updates on travel advice and restrictions. 

Stay safe and look after one another. 

Liam Sloan
​Chief Executive

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