We will endeavour to provide regular COVID-19 updates to help keep you informed. This includes where necessary, redirecting you to official websites. This means information you need, is always up-to-date. There is a dedicated Healthline 0800 number for COVID-19 health advice and information. The Healthline is free and available 24/7.
The number is 0800 358 5453.
New Zealand Blind Organisations Statement Re: COVID 19 – the way we are going to get through this is together
Blind Consumer Organisations across Aotearoa, New Zealand are working collaboratively to support Kiwis living with sight loss during the COVID-19 crisis.Together we are committed to connecting with our networks, checking in and offering support where needed. We know many people who are blind, deafblind, low vision or vision-impaired have limited or no access to technology so it is critical for us, and the organisations we work with, to check-in on the health and wellbeing of our clients and members who maybe feeling more isolated at this time.
COVID-19 Community Awareness and Preparedness Grant Fund
As part of the Government’s response to COVID-19, new funding is being prioritised to support community efforts on the ground. We recognise there are community groups and individuals doing critical work in the fight against COVID-19. This funding will allow them to continue to support their communities and help them through challenges they may face in the coming months.
Or, you can take this link for the item on MSD’s website
This short video provides some information about your “bubble” and what this means during COVID-19
Here now are updates, and targeted COVID-19 information…
For latest updates issued by the Prime Minister, Director General Ministry of Health, and other officials, take this link
Information that is mainly for people and families who need health and disability support services, especially if you are over 70 years old, or have certain health conditions as listed on the Ministry of Health website is available at this link https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-information-specific-audiences/covid-19-information-disabled-people-and-their-family-and-whanau/alert-level-3-and-4-information-people-and-families-who-need-health-and
If you want to find out more about Covid-19, its symptoms and how long it takes for these to appear, and how it spreads? You will find answers to these questions and more, at this Ministry of Health link
Information for disabled people and residential care providers, informed by Blind Citizens NZ and many other stakeholders across the disability sector is available at this link
Managing your Mental Wellbeing
– a great source of information at this link
Official websites to get more information…
- Ministry of Health: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus
- New Zealand Government: https://covid19.govt.nz/
- World Health Organisation: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
A description of current handwashing advice created for blind people by Audio Described Aotearoa with assistance from the Auckland Branch of Blind Citizens NZ and individual blind contributors
One of the consistent pieces of advice we hear, to assist keep each other safe from COVID-19, is to wash our hands. Most of us know what to do and when, but do we? Audio Described Aotearoa (Kevin Keys, Nicola Owen and Paul Brown, with assistance from lots of blind people who now have lovely clean hands) have created this recording, and text description, that explains just how to wash your hands.