COVID-19 Alert Level 3 Update

27 April 2020

The Prime Minister has  announced that New Zealand will move to COVID19 Alert Level 3 from 11.59pm on Monday 27 April. This will be reviewed following two weeks at Alert Level 3 to assess success of virus elimination.

The government has indicated that primary & allied healthcare and services are “open” but restricted under Alert Level 3.

The COVID-19 page has been updated – CLICK HERE for more information about Alert level 3

Dietitians working within essential services continue to work as they did during Level 4.

Dietitians working in a non-DHB environment are required to provide dietetic services and care via virtual appointments. In-person appointments may be provided for urgent care only so long as dietitians can take appropriate measures to manage public health. Refer to the Decision Tree.

DHB’s will have their own set of guidelines and protocols that DHB dietitians will need to follow.

During Alert Level 3 you are required to keep an accurate and up to date record of anyone entering your workplace which includes all in-person consultations. This is to assist with contact tracing, if it is later required.

The information you record when having an in-person consultation should include the purpose of the consultation and how it fits into one of the defined urgent care categories.