COVID-19 update

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 postive 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 elligible for and pass on to you through the Short-term Absence Payment scheme and as an MIT learner you may be elligible 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 positve 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 AskMe! 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