University Of Otago Covid

Due to the change in COVID‑19 Alert Level announced by the Prime Minister last night (Tuesday 11 August), the University has made the sad decision to cancel the public graduation ceremony scheduled for this Saturday 15 August.

The Ministry of Health has shared these golden rules to help prevent further spread:

  • If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or University. Don’t socialise.
  • If you have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline and make sure you get tested.
  • Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
  • If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
  • If you’re concerned about your well-being, or have underlying health conditions, work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy.
  • Keep track of where you’ve been, when and who you’ve seen to help contact tracing if needed. Use the NZ COVID Tracer app as a handy way of doing this.
  • Businesses should help people keep track of their movements by displaying the Ministry of Health QR code for contact tracing.
  • Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on. People and businesses should be prepared to act fast to step up alert levels if we have to.
  • People will have had different experiences over the last couple of months. Whatever you’re feeling — it’s okay. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself.

If you feel unwell and develop symptoms of COVID‑19, tell someone, and contact:

  • Otago and Southland regions:
    0800 VIRUS19 (0800 847 8719) – a new centralised call service and free phone number helping streamline assessment and possible testing for COVID‑19 in the Southern region (Dunedin, Invercargill, Queenstown).
  • All other regions:
    0800 358 5453 or +64 9 358 5453 – the dedicated COVID‑19 Healthline number.

Further information

Information for students
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Information for postgraduate students
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Information for staff
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Information for new international students
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Information for parents
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