Stay the course


We’ve been in pandemic Alert Level 3 for a week but it is not the time to take our foot off the pedal.

Zero new cases of Covid-19 reported today and yesterday is the result of us doing a great job and staying at home during the earlier Alert Level 4.

They do not reflect what we’re doing in level 3, said Merv Balloch, one of four controllers of the North Waikato Combined Emergency Operations Centre (NWCEOC).

“Waikato has done a great job so far, but we must remember to continue physical distancing,” he said.

“Please stay the course; we can’t squander the results when the end is so close.”

On Monday, May 11 the Government is expected to announce when we could see a move to Alert Level 2. Monday will be the end of the two-week life-cycle of the transmission of the virus under Alert Level 3. It won’t be until then that we will know whether Alert Level 3 has worked.

Balloch said we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves.

“Please stick to your bubbles. We really need to keep up with our physical distancing. There has been a rise in movement of people using our playgrounds and skateparks in Alert Level 3. This should not be happening, and any reports of Alert Level 3 breaches need to be reported to the police by calling the 105 number.”

On Thursday, the Government will share what Alert Level 2 will look like. This will give clarity, certainty and time to prepare, but no decision about a change in alert level status will have been made and will not be made until Monday.

“We are a team of 5 million. A small number of people are forgetting the gains from the lockdown period. Please remember why we’re doing this: we’re in it together.”

Hamilton City Council and Waikato District Council have joined forces to operate the emergency operations centre, providing logistical and community support to assist the public health response.

Need help?

For Waikato people needing support, call 0800 800 405 to get help getting food, groceries, medication or other household goods and services.

Visit the Government Covid-19 website for a range of help and advice.

A list of online and phone pandemic-related resources can be found in the right hand panel of this website (if on PC or laptop) or below (mobile).

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