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Mayor Craig Little on the Coronavirus

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Coronavirus is having an unprecedented effect on the world and it is crucial everyone listens to, and follows, the Government advice.

It is important for our local people to realise that even though we are a small and isolated community that does not mean we are isolated from COVID-19.

I know there have already been local people who have self-isolated themselves.

This is likely to increase as more people choose to return to the safety of their homes.

For me personally, my wife Jan and I will be returning from Australia on Thursday, and as per the Government directive, we will self-isolate for the required 14-days.

I will continue in my role as Mayor during this period and will work remotely, ie, via teleconference and/or video conferencing into meetings and appointments, to ensure business continuity.

Coronavirus has tragic consequences from a health perspective and its impact is disrupting the entire world on every level.

The Wairoa District Council will continue to operate all its services, and like other local authorities throughout the country , will be regularly reviewing its situation and response in relation to Government announcements and directives.

The Council encourages everyone, from people visiting our district to our local residents, to follow the advice of the Ministry of Health around the basic protective measures against COVID-19.

Make sure you stay aware of all the latest information being released as the situation is changing rapidly.

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Maintain social distancing. The best way to stay safe is to stay aware from people, this is especially so for the elderly.

Finally look after each other. Make sure your neighbours, again particularly the elderly are safe and have everything they need to stay comfortable.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early by phoning the Healthline team (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or phoning your local GP practice.

16 March 2020

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