Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is a novel coronavirus. The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 has undergone genetic mutations over time as it adapts to humans, therefore making eradication and management very difficult. The symptoms of COVID-19 are like common illnesses such as a cold or influenza.
The New Zealand Ministry of Health has very detailed information about Covid-19: NZ Ministry of Health If you think you have COVID-19 call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or talk to your doctor.
Below we discuss the implications of Covid-19 and ME/CFS. This page is a work in progress and will be updated as more information comes to hand.
CCI Support and Covid -19
Updated: 18 August 2021
Hello to our wonderful members. As you are aware, we are now in level 4 lockdown since 11.59pm 17th August. I hope that you taking this opportunity to relax at home with a hot cuppa and your feet up. Due to the uncertain situation at the moment with Covid-19, the scheduled AGM that was to be held in Tauranga on Saturday has been postponed. We will advise you of a new date as soon as possible. It may be that we run it via zoom (like last year). CCI Support is continuing our Mahi to support our members. The only change is that there will be no face-to-face appointments or meetings until we move down levels. The building at 53 Fraser Street will also be closed until Level 2. We will be taking our monthly meetings online and hope you can join us for these! It’s so important to maintain meaningful connections and we are so lucky to have the technology to do this. We will be emailing links to meetings with information on how to download relevant applications. If you need any tech support, please reach out and we will do our best to walk you through. We encourage you to connect and stay up to date, however, there is a lot of incoming information so taking good breaks from these sources is important. This is a time when self-care is essential, have quiet time, listen to some music, or spend time doing something that you find calming and relaxing. We have done this before and we can do it again. We will be emailing some resources in the next few days and look forward to speaking with you soon. Stay warm, stay dry, stay safe Appointments with your Health and Wellness Facilitators can be made directly here: https://complex-chronic-illness-support.au2.cliniko.com/bookings#location Alternatively, their contact details are below and they will be in contact when they can. Main Office [email protected] Phone: 07 281 1481 or 022 658 0251 Western Bay of Plenty & Tauranga – [email protected] Phone: 027 625 4449 Eastern Bay of Plenty – [email protected] Phone: 020 401 79092 Rotorua/Taupo and Lakes Region – [email protected] Phone: 020 40179091 Waikato – [email protected] Phone: 022 154 7076 Wellington – [email protected] Phone: 027 245 5961 Rest of New Zealand – [email protected] Phone: 07 281 1481 or 022 658 0251 Kind Regards, The Team at CCI Support
Covid-19 and ME/CFS
Reducing the risk of catching Covid if you have ME/CFS
ME/CFS and the Covid-19 Vaccine
Where can I get extra Support
Check how long the wait is at your local supermarket or Covid testing station. https://timeintheline.co.nz/
Community Support Agencies
Pukete House – HAMILTON
based in Hamilton food delivery and foodbank parcels.
Food rescue 07 394 4249 / 022 043 1040
Citizens Advice Bureau
For free information and advice. Can support you with any issues and connect you with other available services.
0800 367 222 free for mobiles, or by email www.cab.org.nz/contact-us
Continue to deliver services and food parcels
Phone 07 578 4264 (option 3) or email [email protected] Facebook: Tauranga Salvation Army
Civil Defense Bay of Plenty Emergency Management
Help with essentials if you need it call 0800 884 222
WINZ Financial Support
“If you’ve been affected by COVID-19, we may be able to provide financial support. You may be self-isolating at home, or your work may be affected”.
Reliable information on COVID-19
For all your questions around COVID-19 from alert levels to financial support
Useful Government links
Free communication and connection
Video calling and meetings https://zoom.us/
Messaging, video calling https://www.facebook.com/
1737– Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor.
Lifeline– 0800 543 354 or free text 4357 (HELP)
Youthline– 0800 376 633 or free text 234
Samaritans– 0800 726 666
Mental Health Foundation
Looking after mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19 https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/covid-19/
Anxiety around COVID-19
Care for your Coronavirus Anxiety by Shine Tool kit – Resources for anxiety and your mental health in a global climate of uncertainty.
COVID-19 related health concerns
Healthline 0800 358 5453
Although our service centres are closed due to lockdown restrictions, we’re still here to help and can be contacted on 0800 559 009 (individuals) or 0800 778 008 (employers). Below you’ll find information and support available.
Support for individuals
During this time, you may be looking for new or additional ways to help you, your team or your family feel mentally well and get through.
Information and tools available to support your own and others mental wellbeing, and where to get help if you need it.
When times get tough, looking after our wellbeing is crucial. These tips are based on the Five Ways to Wellbeing and Te Whare Tapa Wha.
- Help Lines
If you feel like you’re not coping, it’s important to talk with a health professional. There are helplines available that offer support, information, and help. All services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Government has contracted approved licensed home-based early childhood education and care providers across the country to provide childcare to workers in Alert Level 4 businesses and services.
We all need food and essential items such as medicine through alert level changes, so please do not try to go without.
Find a local foodbank here. Bay of Plenty Foodbanks
If you, or someone you know, has nowhere to stay tonight or in the next seven nights, you/they may be able to apply for emergency housing.
Help and support is available if you or someone you know is experiencing or exposed to family or sexual violence.
It is okay to ask for help if you or someone else is in danger. If you think someone could be harmed or may harm themselves, call the Police, even if you are not sure. Keep an eye out for the safety and wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults. Talk to friends, whānau and neighbours if you need support, or to see if they need help. Use social media to keep in touch and check in with each other.
Disability Services Operating at Alert Level 4
As at 18/8/21 – The Ministry of Health advises the following for Disability Services Operating at Alert Level 4
- If services can be provided (including digitally) within alert level restrictions, they are contractually required to do so.
- Disability residential care are essential services and must continue to be available.
- Essential personal care services, such as toileting, washing and feeding, should be provided as usual.
- Essential home help, such as house cleaning, may be available where appropriate PPE is used.
- Planned respite services will be suspended, but urgent respite care may be provided. The MoH can provide some flexibility for paying secondary carers for respite.
- Essential supported living services can continue.
- Support persons are permitted under right 8 of the Health and Disability Code.
- For disability residential care, family visits are not permitted except on compassionate grounds (usually only for an end-of-life) subject to public health direction and provider assessment on a case-by-case basis.
- The MoH has engaged with New Zealand Disability Support Network and Home Health Association, and have two technical experts working with the Ministry to agree how certainty of funding will be provided. The MoH will have a further update to you soon.
- There will be more messaging to come.
Where to shop if your local supermarket is unavailable
Kiwifresh Meats – Gate Pa Tauranga
To order, please call us on 075796000 or email [email protected] – please note, this ordering system will only be for the duration of lockdown.
Vege star Greerton – Tauranga
We are open and doing deliveries and pick-ups. So get yourself some healthy fruit and vege. https://vegestar.co.nz/
Paddock to Plate
As well as big boxes of fresh produce, you’ll also find cupboard staples such as chickpeas, lentils, rice and baking ingredients, dairy products and a range of snacks and liquor. While you’re there, they also have some great Father’s Day gift boxes – a one-stop shop, you might say. Paddock to Plate delivers nationwide and offers free shipping on orders over $125.
For local organic produce delivered to your door, you can’t go past an Oooby Box of fresh fruit and vegetables. It also has a great range of baked goods – think brioche buns, sourdoughs, croissants and gourmet sausage rolls – plus your usual supermarket go-tos, from kombucha to toilet paper to cheeses, meat and snacks. Available in Auckland and Christchurch, delivery is free on orders over $200.
If you’ve been craving dumplings, sushi, or a good bowl of ramen, you’ll find the next best thing via the Asian Grocer. From pad Thai meal kits, tinned bamboo shoots, gochujang and durian cakes – if that’s your thing – to Asian noodles, rice wine vinegars, sesame oils and soy sauces, the Asian Grocer has it all. With nationwide shipping, you can’t go past this online offering for getting Asian grocery items delivered to your door.
Supie is a full online supermarket that prides itself on its mission to provide food that’s extremely fresh and delivered through better sustainable means. If you want your apples just off the tree, for example, Supie might just become your new grocery go-to.
You can also filter your search by over 50 different diet types. So if you’re gluten and dairy free you can shop the site for products specific to those categories. Delivery available throughout the Auckland region.
The Honest Grocer
The Honest Grocer has a great range of online goodies, with Express shipping available on loads of items like dairy, fruit & veg, and free-range meats. It also has membership options for people keen to make it their regular stop. Delivery available North Island only, excluding rural.
Discount shopping stores like Cracker Jack are still operating in level 4, and offer a range of Kiwi favourites as well as some international gems. Cracker Jack is only available online, but is well worth checking out if you are after some fun treats, to go alongside grocery items. Cracker Jack postage is $6 within the North Island and $9 for the South Island.
Stuff also has an online directory of local businesses safely delivering food and beverage throughout lockdown.
We completely understand that many of our clients have food allergies and sensitivities or are struggling to get food delivered from the supermarket.
As supermarkets are selling out of a lot of specialty foods, here are a few stores that supply organic food, GF, lactose free, supplements etc.
Huckleberry Mount Maunganui
35 MacDonald Street
ph: 07 2220098
Order from website for delivery but comes from Auckland
Not currently doing deliveries from Mt M store
WholeFoods Bin Inn
30F Gravatt Rd
ph: 07 5750717
www.bininn.co.nz over 34 stores nationally
also Bethlehem store 07-2208844
Bulk bins- no personal containers allowed, given gloves and use their containers.
Some stores are delivering-phone first to check.
22/2 Gravatt Rd
ph: 07 5742160
Open for contactless shopping, come to door they will get your items. Pay across door or over the phone. they offer delivery to local area approximately $5.00
82 Carbine Rd
Ph: 0508 423737
Delivery nationwide from $5 to $11 (up to 10kgs) or over $99 freight free
245 Commerce Street
ph: 07 8481155
Shop instore or order over the phone for deliveries nationwide. Delivery free over $100.
147 Tory Street, Te Aro
ph: 04 3843314
Shop instore. Order online deliveries.
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