Alert Level 1
COVID-19 is contained in New Zealand.
With the country now in Alert Level 1 audiology services can return to normal with clinics encouraged to implement the following practices.
Risk assessment and screening for potential COVID-19 infection of all people coming into clinics
Screening prior to entering an Audiology clinic is an important infection control measure. If you are deemed to be a possible risk your clinician may ask you to postpone your appointment until the risk has passed. They may also suggest you contact your GP or Healthline for further information. If you develop any symptoms or feel unwell prior to attending your appointment, please contact the clinic. You may be asked to re-schedule.
Clinics to support and enable contact tracing
Contact tracing is one of the foundations of managing transmission of the COVID-19 virus and clinics have been encouraged to help you to keep track of where you've been by displaying the NZ COVID Tracer QR code poster.
Good infection prevention control measures are in place such as frequent hand washing and cleaning
As we unite to recover from the effects of COVID-19, it's still important that we keep the basic hygiene measures, including washing your hands and coughing or sneezing into your elbow.
The NZAS 'Guidelines on Infection Control & PPE in the Clinic' alongside the Ministry of Health updates and guidelines will provide members with all the relevant information required to manage the risk of infection of the COVID-19 virus.
Physical distancing is not required but is encouraged where possible
Unite against COVID-19
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The Mental Health Foundation
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