Category Archives: Health and safety

THINK FIRST ON HOMESTEAD LANE

If you use Homestead Lane, you might have noticed that there is construction going on. This is to build a new student residential hall, scheduled to open in 2021.

It’s important to stay alert – follow any signage, stay on the footpaths and avoid restricted or closed areas. Think first, look after yourself and if you see a hazard, report it to Security by calling 0800 823 637.

Coronavirus update: Introducing a stay-away period for anyone arriving from Hubei

UC’s coronavirus response continues to develop in conjunction with advice from ministries and coordination with the university sector in New Zealand and Australia. The risks are still considered to be low in New Zealand, however we are taking all necessary precautions.

Two important new updates are below. If you have any questions, please use the new email address UCprotect@canterbury.ac.nz for any matters related to coronavirus.

Self-isolation
The Ministry of Health has recommended self-isolation for anyone who has recently been to Wuhan or Hubei province, or who has been in close contact with someone diagnosed with the virus. UC agrees that this is a sensible precautionary measure and one that will reassure students and staff on campus. If this applies to you, consider self-isolating for 14 days. Please call or email (don’t visit) your lecturer if this will cause you to miss any lectures, so they can help you to keep up with your studies.  Contact details are available on LEARN or the UC website www.canterbury.ac.nz

Reporting
2019-CoV is now a notifiable disease under the Health Act 1956 and must be reported. If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing please telephone Healthline (for free) on 0800 611 116.

Reminder: Precautions
Everybody should follow the basic principles of hygiene and cough etiquette to reduce the risk of getting an acute respiratory infection or passing it onto others. This includes:

  • regularly washing hands (for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap and dry thoroughly)
  • covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze
  • staying home if you are sick
  • avoiding close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
  • if you feel unwell you should avoid public gatherings and events.

What should I do to protect myself?
The World Health Organisation recommends:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water;
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands;
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough;
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider;
  • When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals;
  • The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.

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Lynn McClelland 

Executive Director Student Services and Communications 

Coronavirus information

UC is closely monitoring the situation regarding the Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China.

We are taking advice from Education NZ and the Ministry of Health, as well other government agencies in New Zealand and globally that are leading the response. There is no reason for panic and the likelihood of infection in New Zealand is still low, however we need to remain alert and well prepared.

UC is taking a precautionary approach and has contingency plans in place and is ready if the situation changes. 

Symptoms
Coronavirus is characterised by fever, coughing and difficulty in breathing.  If you have these symptoms AND you have recently arrived from China, or other countries affected by coronavirus, in the last month, you must contact the UC Health Centre by phone on +64 3 369 4444 (do not visit in person).

For after hours assistance call Healthline on 0800 611 116.

What should I do to protect myself?
The World Health Organisation recommends:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water;
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands;
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough;
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider;
  • When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals;
  • The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.

Frequently asked questions and answers 
These will be available on UC’s website soon at https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/news/2020/coronavirus-update.html 

Keep checking this web page for more information as it comes to hand. 

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