Kia ora koutou,
Yesterday we again updated the Insider’s Guide blog and our UC website coronavirus page, and we are emailing you today with some further information about the coronavirus situation. We encourage you to refer to the UC website, which we are updating daily, for the latest updates.
Our response is based on advice from the New Zealand Government to ensure the wellbeing of our students and staff. Currently, there are no confirmed cases of the virus in Aotearoa New Zealand.
For UC students currently in China
We are working hard to keep you up-to-date with the latest information. This is a complex matter for students and education providers.
You will have received communications from UC’s international team requesting you keep us updated about your situation. If your travel is impacted and you haven’t done so, please update us by completing the online form.
Your professors are exploring options for supporting you if you are impacted by the travel delays from China. Our support staff right across the university are working to make it easy to enrol online, help students make decisions given their particular course programmes and to meet the needs of students who cannot get to campus in the short term.
At this point we are awaiting clear direction from Immigration NZ, and are advocating for students to be provided with surety and flexibility.
For students who arrived recently in Aotearoa New Zealand from China
We understand that this matter is somewhat confusing, so if you have any queries we suggest reading the FAQ’s from the Ministry of Health website, which is also in alignment with advice provided by the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) to our health service.
As of 2 February 2020, all travellers arriving in Aotearoa New Zealand from mainland China, or any travellers who have had exposure to a confirmed case of novel coronavirus, are expected to self-isolate for a period of 14 days from the time they leave mainland China or were exposed to coronavirus.
Travellers already in Aotearoa New Zealand who arrived or transited from mainland China after 19 January should refer to previous advice. Self-isolation for people who arrived before 2 February only applies if they have been in Wuhan City or Hubei Province. Read more about self-isolation.
For all UC students
We have posters and reminders about personal hygiene practices around campus. Campus cleaning staff have been provided with additional protective materials and are also applying hospital-grade surface spray for common areas, including handrails, that provides a protective layer helping prevent germ transmission. Hand sanitiser is also being provided in many locations throughout the campus, and we encourage you to wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water and use hand sanitiser.
All questions related to coronavirus can be directed to UCprotect@canterbury.ac.nz
Recent communications to students:
- Insider’s Guide blog 3 February: Coronavirus: Travel Ban Update 3 February 2020
- Insider’s Guide blog 31 January: Coronavirus Update: UC’s Response
- Insider’s Guide blog 30 January: Coronavirus Update: Introducing A Stay-Away Period For Anyone Arriving From Hubei
- Insider’s Guide blog 29 January: Coronavirus Update – UC Travel To China And Hong Kong Suspended & Other Updates
- Insider’s Guide blog 27 January: Coronavirus Information
- UC website: coronavirus page with updated FAQs here.
- UC’s Facebook and Twitter are also being updated
- Ministry of Health FAQs
- Ministry of Health updates are here
- WHO coronavirus website
The health and wellbeing of all students and staff are a priority for us. We will provide more information as promptly as we can so please continue to check our website and student blog for updates.