Be prepared — make a plan

Public Health South Community Self-Isolation Quarantine Coordination Manager Pete Whalley.
Public Health South Community Self-Isolation Quarantine Coordination Manager Pete Whalley.
“It’s time to start thinking about and start making plans should we catch COVID-19. We need to think about how to look after ourselves and family, how to get food, medication or look after pets,” says Pete Whalley, from Public Health South.

“It’s important to have discussions with family, friends and neighbours to plan how you can support each other.

“For people who live alone and those who need extra support it will be available, but we want the public to be prepared for COVID-19 and if they can, to have support networks prepared.”

There are simple, practical things you can do to prepare in case you or someone in your household becomes ill or when COVID-19 becomes common in our community.

Use this checklist to help you plan.

  • Have essential supplies on hand so you will not need to leave your household if you become ill. 
  • Avoid panic buying. Add a few extra items every time you shop
  • Remember to renew your prescription medications.

Make alternative arrangements in case you become unwell or if you need to care for a sick family member. For example:

  • Have backup childcare in case you or your usual care provider become unwell.
  • If you care for dependents, have a backup caregiver in place
  • If you have pets think about who could care for them
  • Talk to your employer about working from home if possible

Protect yourself and others against COVID-19

  • Get vaccinated
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Get tested if you have any COVID-19 symptoms even if they are mild
  • Keep track of where you have been
  • Wear a face mask
  • Maintain good hand hygiene
  • Maintain physical distancing


  • Share your plan with your family, friends and neighbours
  • Set up a buddy system to check in on each other by phone, email or text during times of need.

How will the hospital services be affected if we have local COVID cases?

  • Unlike last year where we saw lockdowns, and where planned surgery and many outpatient appointments were postponed, the DHB is planning to continue these activities as much as possible while ensuring patients, visitors and staff are safe
  • Most people with COVID will be cared for at home
  • Patients with COVID who need to come to hospital will be cared for at Dunedin Hospital
  • More care will be offered by telehealth


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