The situation with the COVID-19 outbreak can change quickly. On this page, we provide key information and links for where to go for COVID-19 advice.
All of Aotearoa New Zealand is now at the red setting. The traffic light system (COVID-19 Protection Framework) protects Aotearoa New Zealand from COVID-19 while allowing people with My Vaccine Pass more freedom.
- Omicron is a more infectious COVID-19 variant
- Check whether you have been at a location of interest
- Who should get a COVID-19 test?
- Where to get a test
- Where to go for COVID-19 advice
- What happens if somebody in my home gets COVID-19?
The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is much more infectious than previous variants, including Delta.
- Omicron is more transmissible – case numbers may double every 2–4 days. That is why Omicron outbreaks in places overseas have grown so rapidly.
- A booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine 4 months after the end of your first vaccination course will increase your protection against Omicron – especially your protection against severe disease needing hospitalisation. People 18 years and older who have not had a booster dose have less protection against the transmission of Omicron than they had for Delta. Read more about getting your booster dose.
- Omicron probably causes similar symptoms to other variants, such as Delta. However, evidence so far is that in countries that have most people vaccinated, many people may not have any symptoms at all, but can still pass the virus on to other people.
Read more about the Omicron variant.
|What can I do now?|
Please check whether you have been at any of the locations of interest listed on the Ministry of Health's website: COVID-19 – contact tracing locations of interest.
If you have been at one of these locations, please self-isolate at your home or your accommodation and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice. This is free and you can call any time – it is open all day every day.
A section 70 order enables an authorised Medical Officer of Health to require those who have visited a location of interest to meet public health requirements. Read the current section 70 for New Zealand.
If you are a household member of a person who has been at a location of interest, please isolate at home until the person who was at the location receives a negative test (you do not need to be tested unless you are asked to be). Read the Section 70 notice
If you have cold or flu symptoms or if you have visited a location of interest, stay home and call your doctor, iwi health provider or Healthline 0800 358 5453. They will let you know whether you should have a COVID-19 test. Learn more: Do I need to get tested for COVID-19.
Covid-19 tests are free. If you need a test, you can get one at:
- your general practice (GP) – call ahead before you turn up
- a community testing centre.
The following is a list of trusted sources to go to for COVID-19 advice
Go to the Unite against COVID-19 website for all your COVID-19 questions, including those that are not health-related. They have translated resources available here. You can also follow Unite against COVID-19 on Facebook and get regular email updates by subscribing here.
Need an interpreter or information in another language?
See also translations on the Unite against COVID site, and the Ministry of Health's easy to read resources translated by the Red Cross into other languages and the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) website for health-related information and advice on COVID-19 in more 45 languages. Find your language and click to see translated resources and/or helpful regional websites here.
If you, or somebody else in your household tests positive for COVID-19 you will all need to stay at home and isolate to stop spreading the virus to anyone else. You can find out more about stopping the spread of COVID-19 in your home and how to isolate at home.
You will be contacted by a designated person to see how you are and whether you have any specific needs. They will regularly check on you to see how you are doing. If you are well enough to stay in your home you will be given information about what to do and a symptom diary to use. This is to help you keep track of how you are feeling and to record if your symptoms are getting better, worse or are staying the same. If needed, you will also be given a pulse oximeter to check your oxygen levels and heart rate. You can learn more about how to manage your COVID-19 symptoms.
You can read more about the timeline for health, wellbeing and welfare checks you will receive, and the Ministry of Health has provided information on how to access more support if you need it.
If you are concerned about your own health or that of a family/whānau member with COVID, ring your doctor/healthcare provider. If it is after hours you can ring the COVID-19 Healthline (0800 358 5453) for advice. If you are very concerned that somebody is deteriorating (getting worse) fast, call 111 right away.
COVID-19 including symptoms, how it is spread and what you can do to help prevent it
Unite against COVID-19 NZ Government
Covid-19 Education Immunisation Advisory Centre, NZ
COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Ministry of Health, NZ
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak World Health Organization
Easy to read information about COVID-19 Ministry of Health, NZ
Translated information about COVID-19 NZ Government
COVID-19 protection framework NZ Government