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Updated 12 March 2021

IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEALTH MESSAGE FOR MIT STUDENTS: COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL 1

Kia ora koutou katoa,

Auckland is now at Alert Level 1. It’s great news for students, while our teachers have been working really hard to keep learning going online, nothing beats the classroom experience.

As more return to campus next week, it’s important we look after one another by carefully following guidelines and making sure to scan QR codes or signing in manually.

While Level 1 means more freedom, we must continue to remain vigilant to protect the health of our whānau, communities and the country as a whole.

WHAT LEVEL ONE MEANS FOR MIT STUDENTS:
  • LEARNING: Campuses are open. Your lecturer will inform you how classes will be delivered next week.
  • SICKNESS: If you are unwell for any reason, please do not come to MIT. Instead call your GP or Healthline on 0800 611 116
  • CONTACT TRACING: Download and use NZ COVID Tracer to record your arrival at MIT as well as movements on campus by scanning QR codes displayed at main entrances and within our buildings. If you do not have access to the app please make sure you sign in manually.
  • MASKS: Face coverings are mandatory on public transport. Mask wearing can help keep you safe in situations where it is harder to maintain distance eg. classes and Ask Me! centres.
  • HYGIENE: Please wash your hands thoroughly, covering all coughs and sneezes with tissues or your elbow. Hand sanitiser will be available.

More information on the current COVID-19 Alert Level and Ministry of Health advice is available here.

Thank you once again for your ongoing patience, understanding and hard work during these most recent disruptions.

We look forward to seeing you back on campus.

Ngā Mihi,

Gus Gilmore,
MIT Chief Executive


Updated 5 March 2021

IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEALTH MESSAGE TO ALL MIT STUDENTS: COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL 2

Kia ora koutou katoa,

This afternoon, the Prime Minister announced Auckland will move to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 as of Sunday 7 March, 6am.

Please let me acknowledge the tough week it has been for our whānau.

While MIT facilities can open again at this level, we have taken into account the views of staff and students in coming up with a way forward.

WHAT DOES THIS LEVEL TWO MEAN FOR MIT STUDENTS?
  • MIT MANUKAU: Students will continue to learn online until at least Monday 15 March. The campus will be open from Monday 8 March, for students who would like to use the library or study there under strict Level 2 protocols.
  • MIT TECHPARK: Campus is open under strict Level 2 protocols. Some delivery will remain online. Your lecturer will inform you how your courses will be delivered next week.
  • MIT ŌTARA: Campus is open under strict Level 2 protocols. Some delivery will remain online. Your lecturer will inform you how your courses will be delivered next week.
  • NZ MARITIME SCHOOL: Campus is open under strict Level 2 protocols. Some delivery will remain online. Your lecturer will inform you how your courses will be delivered next week.
  • DEEP CLEANING: MIT Manukau was deep cleaned last weekend. The atrium there, as well as the MIT TechPark building, our marae and Children’s Education Centre will have undergone fogging to allay any staff or student concerns by Sunday.
  • SICKNESS: If you are unwell for any reason, please do not come to MIT. Instead, call your GP or Healthline on 0800 611 116.
  • CONTACT TRACING: Download and use NZ COVID Tracer to record your arrival at MIT as well as movements on campus by scanning QR codes displayed at main entrances and within our buildings.
  • PHYSICAL DISTANCING: Please observe distancing of one metre in class and two metres when out-and-about on campus.
  • MASKS: Face coverings must be worn on public transport. MIT recommends students bring their own masks to wear in situations around campus where it is harder to maintain distance such as Ask Me! centres. Please dispose of these responsibly.
  • HYGIENE: Please wash your hands thoroughly, covering all coughs and sneezes with tissues or your elbow. Hand sanitiser will be available.

More information on Auckland’s COVID-19 Alert Level is available here.

If you need student support including counselling help or emergency financial assistance in cases of hardship please call 0800 696 487 or email wecare@manukau.ac.nz.

If you are an International Student and require assistance please call 0800 648 2273 or 022 067 8180.

Thank you for your assistance this week, particularly those who isolated and underwent testing as close or casual plus contacts.

Around four hundred staff and students took part in a Microsoft Teams live event this afternoon. It was heartening to hear Auckland DHB staff who are in the frontline of the city’s fight against COVID-19 commend the institute and its whānau for the co-operation we have given them since the news came through on Saturday night.

We are taking a cautious approach as we move forward with your health our top priority.

Ngā Mihi, Gus Gilmore,
MIT Chief Executive


Updated 2 March 2021

Kia ora koutou katoa,

Thank you for your cooperation with MIT and Public Health to stop the spread of COVID-19.

This is a tough situation for our whānau and wider community, but we will get through this by working together.

It was pleasing to hear there were no new community cases reported today, however, we need to remain vigilant.

This afternoon, Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said based on last week’s exposure events we would expect to see any potential positive cases coming through from today onwards.

CONTACT TRACING UPDATE

Our institute is working closely with Auckland Regional Public Health Service to ensure they have all the information they need to keep us safe.

So far all close contacts of the COVID-19 case have been informed, are isolating and being tested.

All staff considered casual plus contacts have been informed, are isolating and being tested.

Information supplied by MIT is being used to identify and locate students who are considered casual-plus contacts. The national contact tracing service based in Wellington is providing advice for these students on testing and self-isolation.

If you were at MIT Manukau last week at the times and dates listed by the Ministry of Health and you don’t receive a call from Public Health or the Wellington service you are considered a casual contact.

Please note the times of interest have been updated today to 12noon – 7pm on all three days in question.

Casual contacts need to:

Monitor your health for the next 14 days. If you begin to feel unwell or develop any COVID-19 symptoms, contact Healthline on 0800 358 5454, get tested and stay at home until a negative test result is received and you no longer have symptoms.

COVID symptoms include:

  • a new or worsening cough
  • fever
  • shortness of breath
  • a sore throat
  • sneezing and runny nose
  • temporary loss of smell.

Some people may also experience less typical symptoms such as diarrhoea, headache, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, confusion or irritability.

PUBLIC INFORMATION

Currently, MIT is the focus of national attention. It’s our institute policy to be as transparent and open about our response as possible so the public can have confidence in the steps we are taking to protect our community.

However, what I would ask is that you are mindful of the student who has tested positive and their family at this time. If you know who they are or think you know, please refrain from sharing this information or posting it online.

If you are approached for comment by reporters and feel you need to reach out for assistance from MIT please email commsteam@manukau.ac.nz.

MANAAKITANGA

I appreciate everyone is feeling a range of emotions right now and it’s important you know there is Student Support from counselling to hardship grants available to help.

We have these services in place for times like this. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need us.

Ngā mihi,

Gus Gilmore,
MIT Chief Executive


Updated 28 February 2021

IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEALTH MESSAGE FOR ALL MIT STUDENTS: TESTING ADVICE IN MIT MANUKAU CONFIRMED CASE

Kia ora koutou katoa,

Last night, I wrote to you about one of our learners in School of digital technologies based at the MIT Manukau campus testing positive to COVID-19.

The student is referred to as ‘Case M’.

We understand this is a concerning time for our whānau and want you to know MIT is working closely with Auckland Regional Public Health Service on contact tracing to stop the virus spreading.

The Ministry of Health released a statement today clarifying what we at MIT need to do. It reads:

“The vast majority of people on the campus at the same times as Case M are considered casual contacts and need to watch for symptoms. They do not need to have a test unless they have symptoms, or are a close or casual plus contact.”

The dates and times when the student was on campus at MIT Manukau last week and thought to have been infectious are listed below. Please note the timings notified by the Ministry of Health have changed:

DATE

TIME

Monday 22 February

12noon – 6.30pm

Wednesday 24 February

12noon – 6.30pm

Thursday 25 February

12noon – 6.30pm

HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M A CLOSE CONTACT?

  • If you are considered a close contact Public Health will call directly and explain the steps you need to take. These include self-isolating for 14 days at home and calling the COVID-19 Healthline number on 0800 358 5453.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M A CASUAL PLUS CONTACT?

  • If you are considered a casual plus contact Public Health will call directly and advise you to remain home and take a COVID-19 test on Day 5 after potential exposure. Do not attend public places while awaiting the result.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M A CASUAL CONTACT?

  • If you were on MIT Manukau campus on the dates and times listed above and haven’t received a call from Public Health, you are considered a casual contact. Please observe COVID-19 Alert Level 3 and stay home watching for the symptoms of the virus. If you experience any of them call the Healthline number listed above to arrange a test.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?

The main ones are:

  • New or worsening cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Fever
  • Temporary loss of smell
  • Difficulty breathing
WHERE CAN I GET A COVID-19 TEST?

A location list including community, after hours and weekend testing centres in Auckland is available here.

HOW CAN I KEEP UP WITH MY STUDY DURING ALERT LEVEL 3?

MIT campuses are closed while Auckland is at Level 3. You can check out the rules to follow here. Your lecturers will get in touch with you to explain how you will keep learning over this time.

It’s really important to stay engaged with your studies as these sorts of COVID-19 related disruptions will happen from time-to-time. Staying motivated is tough, but important to achieving your goals.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I LOSE WORK OVER THIS TIME?

There is assistance your employer may be eligible for and pass on to you through the Short-term Absence Payment scheme and as an MIT learner, you may be eligible for support through our Hardship Fund administered by Student Support.

Look after yourselves and one another. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need our help.

Ngā mihi

Gus Gilmore, MIT Chief Executive


Updated 27 February 2021

URGENT PUBLIC HEALTH MESSAGE FOR ALL MIT STUDENTS: CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASE AT MIT MANUKAU

Kia ora koutou katoa,

This evening, I have been contacted by Auckland Regional Public Health and advised a student in our School of Digital Technologies based at Manukau campus has tested positive to COVID-19.

While this will no doubt cause concern for our whānau it is important we live by our values on these challenging days ahead and pull together to protect the health of our community.

Please follow the advice of health authorities calmly and closely to help them in their work to stop the spread of the virus. A letter from Auckland Regional Public Health Service can be read here.

It is considered the learner was infectious while at our MIT Manukau campus last week on Monday 22, Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 February. The times the student was present in our facilities are listed below:

DATE

TIME

Monday 22 February

1pm – 6.30pm

Wednesday 24 February

12noon – 7.30pm

Thursday 25 February

11am – 7pm

WHAT WE NEED TO DO:

  • CLOSE CONTACTS: If you were learning alongside the student you will be contacted by Public Health. Close contacts are most at risk of exposure to the virus and must self-isolate for 14 days at home and call the COVID-19 Healthline number on 0800 358 5453

  • CASUAL CONTACTS: if you were elsewhere on campus on these dates and at the times listed above and haven’t received a call from Public Health, you are considered a casual contact.

Please watch for the signs of COVID-19 and if you experience any of them call the Healthline number listed above to arrange a test.

The symptoms to watch out for are:

  • New or worsening cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Fever
  • Temporary loss of smell
  • Difficulty breathing.

All MIT campuses will be closed to students and staff until at least Monday 8 March with learning and working moving online.

While our campuses are temporarily closed, we’re still here for you.  If you need student support please call 0800 696 487 or email wecare@manukau.ac.nz.  

If you want to talk about your enrolled classes please call Ask Me! on 0800 62 62 52 or email enquiries@manukau.ac.nz.

International Students requiring assistance please call 0800 648 2273 or 022 067 8180.

I will be providing regular updates on this situation as it develops.

Stay safe, please look after one another. Remember what we say and do including the conversations we have online are an important part of community wellbeing.

Please note Auckland will move to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 from Sunday 28 February at 6am. More information is available here.

Ngā Mihi,
Gus Gilmore,
MIT Chief Executive


Updated 22 February 2021

IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEALTH MESSAGE FOR MIT STUDENTS: COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL 1

Kia ora koutou katoa,

The Prime Minister today announced Auckland will move to Alert Level 1 as of midnight tonight.

This is great news and shows New Zealanders have again worked together to prevent the spread of the virus.

While Level 1 means more freedom, we must continue to remain vigilant to protect the health of our whānau, communities and the country as a whole.

WHAT LEVEL ONE MEANS FOR MIT STUDENTS:
  • LEARNING: Campuses are open. Your lecturer will inform you on progress as classes return to normal
  • SICKNESS: If you are unwell for any reason, do not come to MIT. Instead, call your GP or Healthline on 0800 611 116
  • CONTACT TRACING: Download and use NZ COVID Tracer to record your arrival at MIT as well as movements on campus by scanning QR codes displayed at main entrances and within our buildings. MIT Contact Tracer app is no longer in use
  • MASKS: Face coverings are mandatory on public transport. Mask wearing can help keep you safe in situations where it is harder to maintain distance eg. classes and Ask Me! centres
  • HYGIENE: Please wash your hands thoroughly, covering all coughs and sneezes with tissues or your elbow. Hand sanitiser will be available.

More information on COVID-19 Alert Level 1 and Ministry of Health advice is available here.

Thank you once again for your ongoing patience, understanding and hard work during these most recent disruptions.

Ngā Mihi,
Gus Gilmore,
MIT Chief Executive


Updated 17 February 2021

IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEALTH MESSAGE TO ALL MIT STUDENTS: COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL 2

Kia ora koutou katoa,

This afternoon, the Prime Minister announced as of midnight tonight Auckland will move to COVID-19 Alert Level 2.

This alert status will be reviewed on Monday and I will update you further then.

Three more cases of community transmission were confirmed today. All were connected to those in Papatoetoe detected over the weekend.

Please read the times and locations of interest to health authorities and follow guidance provided here.

WHAT DOES LEVEL TWO MEAN FOR MIT STUDENTS?
  • LEARNING: Classes and study can return to MIT facilities. Your lecturers will advise you if classes will be held on campus.
  • SICKNESS: If you are unwell for any reason, do not come to MIT. Instead call your GP or Healthline on 0800 611 116
  • CONTACT TRACING: Download and use NZ COVID Tracer to record your arrival at MIT as well as movements on campus by scanning QR codes displayed at main entrances and within our buildings.
  • PHYSICAL DISTANCING: Please observe distancing of one metre in class and two metres when out-and-about on campus.
  • MASKS: Face coverings must be worn on public transport. MIT recommends students bring their own masks to wear in situations around campus where it is harder to maintain distance such as Ask Me! centres. Please dispose of these responsibly.
  • HYGIENE: Please wash your hands thoroughly, covering all coughs and sneezes with tissues or your elbow. Hand sanitiser will be available.

More information on Auckland’s COVID-19 Alert Level is available here.

If you need student support including counselling help or emergency financial assistance in cases of hardship please call 0800 696 487 or email wecare@manukau.ac.nz.

If you are an international student and require assistance please call 0800 648 2273 or 022 067 8180.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this recent disruption to our services.

Ngā Mihi,
Gus Gilmore,
MIT Chief Executive


Update from 14 February 2021

IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEALTH ANNOUNCEMENT FOR MIT STUDENTS: COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL 3 IN AUCKLAND

Kia ora koutou katoa,

The Prime Minister has announced Auckland will move to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 at 11.59pm tonight and remain at this level until midnight on Wednesday.

The decision has been made after three new community cases of the virus were confirmed this afternoon.

We can help keep our community safe by being aware of the facts surrounding these cases and following the advice of health authorities.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR MIT STUDENTS
  • STAY HOME: MIT campuses are closed during Alert Level 3. Please remain in your bubbles.
  • LEARNING: If you have classes scheduled in the next three days your lecturers will be in touch on how they’ll be delivering over this period.
  • UPDATES: MIT will email you with further information on Auckland’s alert status and what it means for your studies.
  • CONTACT TRACING: Download and use NZ COVID Tracer to record your movements.
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING: Maintain physical distancing of 2 metres outside your home, when buying groceries or exercising.
  • SICKNESS: If you are experiencing cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms call your GP or Healthline and get advice about being tested.
  • MASKS: Face coverings are mandatory on public transport. You are strongly advised to wear one when outside your home especially in places where distancing is harder to observe.
  • HYGIENE: Please wash your hands thoroughly, covering all coughs and sneezes with tissues or your elbow.

The most recent cases are members of a Papatoetoe family. Please read the list of locations and times of interest on Ministry of Health website and follow the advice given.

Hours at testing centres in Wiri, Ōtara and throughout Auckland have been extended to respond to demand created by the new cases, however, it’s important we keep these free for those who have been at the locations, at the times listed to be given first priority.

While MIT’s campuses are temporarily closed, we’re still here for you. If you need student support please call 0800 696 487 or email wecare@manukau.ac.nz

If you want to talk about your enrolled classes please call Ask Me! on 0800 62 62 52 or email enquiries@manukau.ac.nz.

International Students requiring assistance please call 0800 648 2273 or 022 067 8180.

Ngā Mihi,

Gus Gilmore, MIT Chief Executive