Information taken from Medinz
Published by Auckland, Counties Manukau and Waitematā DHBs on 16/11/2021 9:12:17 PM.
Changes in the Release of Contacts from Isolation – Categories and Actions
Updated guidance on community contact categories and actions effective from 15 November 2021 is now available on HealthPathways COVID-19 Resources under Auckland guidance -> COVID-19 Testing.
The main changes are:
Please note: General practice is not responsible for releasing these patients from community isolation and quarantine. For further details, please refer to the Ministry of Health website: Actions for contacts.
Changes to Managed Isolation Facilities Release for NZ Returnees
As at Sunday 14 November, the isolation period for people entering New Zealand from overseas changed from 14 days to 10 days. The first 7 days of the 10-day isolation period will still be undertaken in a Managed Isolation Facility (MIF) and the final 3 days will be completed in self-isolation in their own accommodation.
Day 9 Testing for NZ Returnees in Self-Isolation
Returnees are tested on days 1, 3, and 6 for COVID-19 while in a MIF. Once released they are required to seek a test on day 9 of their self-isolation period. Their time in self-isolation cannot end until they have a negative Day 9 test result.
Please use SURV-EXMIF if these patients present to practice for a day 9 test. A reminder that testing is free to these patients.
Primary Care for NZ Returnees in Self-Isolation
Primary Health providers should continue to provide care to their NZ Returnee patients while self-isolating with the knowledge that their patient is at slightly higher risk of COVID-19.
Therefore, consultations (other than COVID-19 testing) should be done virtually, unless they must be conducted face-to-face and cannot be delayed until after the person’s self-isolation period ends. Please follow Primary Care Response Framework advice on PPE/IPC.
Any treatments that can be delayed until after the self-isolation period should be delayed. For further information, please refer to COVID-19: Self-isolation for international arrivals post-MIQ.
Notification of COVID-19 Results from Community Testing Centres
Both positive and negative COVID-19 results generated by testing through Community Testing Centres (using the ESR éclair eOrders) are as of 16 November sent to the enrolled GP inbox.
At this time, please note that the GP is not expected to notify the patient of the result. Public Health will contact the patient directly.
However, if a patient with a positive result calls, please update them of the positive result and advise them and all their household members to isolate at home. COVID-19 positive patients can also call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (24/7) with questions about their health, their needs and their situation. In an emergency, patients can call 111 and there is no ambulance co-payment for COVID-19 patients.
Funding is available to Primary Care to manage COVID-19 cases. Please see COVID-19 Funding and Supplies.
Notification of Positive COVID-19 Patient Isolation Destination
NRHCC is working with the Ministry of Health to send a notification to the enrolled GP’s patient inbox to inform the practice of where their COVID-19 positive patient will be managed – either Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) facility, Community Isolation and Quarantine (CIQ), or Hospital. We will let you know when this goes live.
Border Clinical Management System Patient Record Access
By December, primary care will be able to access the Border Clinical Management System (BCMS) via their Patient Management System for community cases and contacts. This will allow GPs to view and interact with their COVID-19 patient’s record in BCMS. More details will be available in the coming weeks.