COVID-19 (Corona Virus) Update

With the government announcing the New Zealand-wide move to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 Orama (along with all other non-essential businesses in New Zealand) is closed and as of midnight on the 25th March is in lock down for at least one month.

In consideration for the health and safety of the Orama community all public access to the Orama site is forbidden until further notice. Please do not visit Orama. Do not just turn up out of the blue whether by road or by boat.

We will reopen when the situation allows and will be taking advice from our board and local health authorities before doing so.

We continue to follow the guidance from the Ministry of Health and are updating our pandemic response daily.

Visitor Restrictions

This advice will be monitored daily as the situation changes.

Preventative Actions

We have instituted the following preventative actions:

Planning and Advice

  • we have activated our pandemic plan
  • we are following all Government and Ministry of Health guidelines regarding travel, self isolation, and managing illness in the workplace
  • we are taking advice from the Local Regional Health Unit at Port Fitzroy

Restrictions

  • we have closed access to the site to all visitors except for some restricted access by the resident onsite community
  • we have postponed or cancelled Orama-organised public events and gatherings until further notice
  • we have instituted a moratorium on new volunteers for the foreseeable future
  • we have locked down our Lodge facilities, commercial kitchen, dining room and laundry and instituted a strictly controlled protocol for the delivery, storage and distribution of food to the resident community

Hygiene

  • we are reinforcing to our resident community the need for increased basic hygiene practices such as hand washing and the use of hand sanitiser
  • we have implemented the 2m physical distance guideline advocated by the government

Isolation

  • we have placed all community family groups into self-isolation “bubbles” in their individual homes and asked each group not to visit or mingle and whilst people can go outside they must observe the 2m physical distance rule

Dealing with Sickness

Should an individual get sick (even with very mild symptoms) while staying at Orama we will follow a standard process of notification/assessment/diagnosis/treatment which would typically involve the following steps:

  • Immediately notify Orama and Hillary Outdoors management.
  • Immediately isolate the individual at Orama (prior to clinical assessment).
  • Check for COVID-19 symptoms – indications of fever, flu-like symptoms, coughing, difficulty breathing, or any combination of these symptoms.
  • Contact the Local Regional Public Health Unit in Port Fitzroy for clinical assessment or if they are not available call Healthline on 0800 358 5453
  • If COVID-19 symptoms are NOT confirmed then the individual will remain in isolation (at Orama) for at least 24 hours or for however long is deemed necessary by the clinical assessment. If necessary the individual will be sent back home to complete their recovery at the earliest opportunity.
  • If COVID-19 symptoms are confirmed and hospitalisation is not required then arrangements will be made for longer-term isolation (at home) for the individual and those they have been in contact with. If hospitalisation is required then arrangements will be made for immediate transfer to hospital.

Questions

If you have any questions about Orama’s response to COVID-19 please do not hesitate to get in touch. For more in-depth information about COVID-19 a great source of information is the FAQ at the Ministry of Health and the government’s COVID-19 web site.