Taranaki has good support systems to ensure the welfare of its elderly and others vulnerable groups despite restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, says the region’s Alternate Civil Defence Controller, Sue Kelly.
Sue says it’s important for those over 70, or with compromised immunity or underlying health conditions, to stay home at all times
“Wherever possible, let others do the shopping and other essential errands such as picking up prescriptions.”
“Family and friends can drop groceries or medicines at the door as long as they keep 2m distance – no one should come inside,” Sue says.
“But if you feel there’s no one you can turn to, please be assured that there are plenty of support options available in the region.”
Options for help include:
- Supermarket delivery services – these are still operating.
- Driving Miss Daisy – its drivers can do your shopping for you and deliver it to your door. Call 06 751 0209 for details. The service covers New Plymouth, Inglewood, Okato, Oakura, Opunake, Auroa, Manaia, Eltham, Norfolk, Korito, Hurworth, Mangorei, Hurford and Kaitake.
- Meals on Wheels – this is still operating.
And if all else fails, and you urgently need food, medicines or other essential supplies but are unable to access any support services, call 0800 900 077, 7am to 7pm seven days a week.
“Whatever your situation, there will be someone that can help to find a solution,” Sue says.
“Our elderly and other vulnerable groups are important priorities as this region does its bit to slow the spread of COVID-19, and you can be assured that your region has you covered.”
Here's what we all need to do during Alert Level 4:
- Stay at home as much as you can.
- If you do venture out, stay in your neighbourhood and stay in your bubble.
- Keep a 2-metre distance from anyone who is not part of your bubble.
- Only drive to get essential supplies, such as groceries or visiting the pharmacy.
- Help our emergency services by only doing safe activities.
- Wash your hands regularly with soap.
The most up to date information on COVID-19 is on www.covid19.govt.nz(external link).