COVID-19 Protection Framework

Last updated: 13 Apr, 2022 04:37pm

Carterton District and the rest of New Zealand moved into the RED setting of the COVID-19 Protection Framework “traffic light” system on Sunday 23 January.

This page details what that means for Carterton District Council services and facilities, and where you can get help and official information about COVID-19.

For more information, visit at Life Under Red page on the Unite against COVID-19 website.

About The COVID-19 Protection Framework [CPF]

The COVID Protection Framework is a set of rules the Government will use to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

You may have heard people call the CPF the traffic light system because of the colours it uses: red, orange, and green.

More information on the rules is available at the COVID-19 website.

The website also has more information about vaccine passes.

Visit the Wairarapa District Health Board site or follow @wairarapadhb on Facebook for updates.

Check out a full list of official information sources below, including links to transport and health updates.

CPF settings

The system has three settings: Green, Orange, and Red.

Green

Green in the CPF is used when:

  • there are not very many people with COVID-19 in New Zealand hospitals have enough doctors and nurses to look after people who are very sick with COVID-19
  • health care services like GPs /doctors can look after people who are unwell.
Orange

Orange in the CPF is used when:

  • there are many more people getting COVID-19 in New Zealand.
  • doctors and nurses at the hospitals are looking after a lot more people who are very sick with COVID-19.
  • health care services like GPs /doctors are able to look after people who are unwell.
  • people with health conditions are more at risk of getting very sick if they get COVID-19.
Red

Red in the CPF is used when:

  • there are a lot of people with COVID-19 in New Zealand.
  • the hospitals are getting full with people who are sick with COVID-19.
  • doctors and nurses at the hospitals are spending lots of their time looking after a lot more people who are very sick with COVID-19.
  • hospitals are finding it hard to also look after people who are sick or hurt from things that are not COVID-19.

What setting is Carterton District at?

From 11.59 on Wednesday 13 April, Carterton District is at ORANGE.

What does this mean for Carterton District Council facilities and services?

Our facilities and services will continue to operate under Orange. Some safety measures are in place.

You do not need to wear a face mask outdoors or at events and gatherings, but you still need to wear a face mask in many indoor locations such as local government premises [our libraries, public areas, etc] and on public transport. Healthy habits and face masks are still recommended to protect ourselves and our community.

What should I do if I’m sick?

Health and medical facilities will remain open at Orange.

You can still get medical help if you need it. This includes healthcare services, such as Healthline, GPs, cancer services, disability and aged support services. However, if you need to see a doctor or other medical professional you MUST phone first.

Please only call Healthline if you or someone you know feels unwell or you need medical advice, rather than general questions about COVID-19. It’s important Healthline is able to answer calls from those who need medical advice. The more people who call asking for general information, the fewer people who need medical advice can get through.

If you cannot get through and are severely unwell, for example having trouble breathing, contact emergency services (call 111).

Looking after yourself, your whānau, and your neighbours

 

Sign up for your vaccination

If you’re aged five or over, you can book your free COVID-19 vaccination now.

It does not matter what your visa or citizenship status is. You can book on behalf of someone else — or help them with their booking — if you have their permission.

Full and up-to-date details of testing and vaccinations in Wairarapa are available from the Wairarapa DHB website and are subject to change due to availability.

Find more information on the COVID-19 website.

Where can I get tested?

Full and up-to-date details of testing and vaccinations in Wairarapa, and self-testing options, are available from the Wairarapa DHB website.

They are subject to change due to availability.