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COVID-19 - Cook Islands Response
Cook Islands Confirmed Cases of COVID-19: 0
BLUE
Preparation and Readiness (Delay entry of disease)
YELLOW
Alert (Delay widespread disease transmission)
RED
Activation (Mitigate impact of disease)
GREEN
Post-Event (Recovery)

Requiring medical advice or attention?

Call 0800 1800 or 0800 1801 or 0800 1802.

All calls to the Healthline are free of charge.

We are in this together.

What Code YELLOW means

Code Yellow means Covid-19 is contained but the risk of community transmission is growing.

The escalating threat of pandemic COVID-19 outside our borders, in particular New Zealand, now call for us to move to Code Yellow as part of our national emergency response, even though we do not have any confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Cook Islands.

Preventative measures implemented early in an epidemic can slow the transmission of infection and reduce the peak number of cases. We're aiming to flatten the curve and slow the spread of the disease.

Health officials are encouraging anyone requiring medical advice or attention to call 0800 1800 or 0800 1801 or 0800 1802. All calls to the Healthline are free of charge.

This website has been created to be the official and direct source for Cook Islands COVID-19 updates. These challenging times require all of us to work collaboratively together.

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COVID19 Radio Talkback show
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How is the Cook Islands Responding?

Code YELLOW advice to the public

Wash Your Hands

Maintain Good Hygiene and Sanitising

Wash your hands frequently during the day. Using alcohol-based hand sanitiser is OK too providing it has at least 70% alcohol.

Avoid Public Places

Avoid Public Places &
Keep Physical Distance

Be a part of the solution and reduce community transmission. A 2m x 2m distance is now recommended between you and others

Work From Home

Work From Home

Make arrangements to work from home if possible

Be Prepared

Be Prepared

Ensure you have sufficient stocks of food, water and medicines for two weeks in case you are required to stay home in quarantine or isolation

Cooperate with Officials

Cooperate with Officials

Cooperate with health officials and your local Puna

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Temporary Border Closure

Temporary Border Closure

Cook Islands residents stranded in New Zealand will remain there for the duration of New Zealand's four-week lockdown

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Be Kind

Be Kind

In tough times the greatness of a community can be measured by the compassionate actions of all its members - let's be that great community.

Resources

Resources & Forms

We have downloadable resources in both English and Maori.

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Code YELLOW National Measures

  • National Emergency Operations Centre resourced 24/7
  • Health professionals on standby as needed
  • Essential services will be maintained
  • Parliament on standby to pass enabling legislation under urgency
  • Puna are mobilised to support the community
  • Te Marae Ora to monitor flu-like symptoms presenting by phone
  • Testing lab samples overseas and plans to expand testing capability in-country
  • Border measures and travel restrictions assessed and revised as needed
  • Cargo staging areas to minimise interactions
  • Strict infection control procedures observed and regular decontamination
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) stocked
  • Additional resources and finances mobilised as needed

Your Local Puna

Household Flags Explained

Learn about the COVID-19 household flags used by your Puna to communicate important health messages.

Understanding the difference between a white, red, orange or yellow-coloured flag could one day be a matter of life and death. Te Marae Ora has developed the easy to follow system to keep people safe and alert to COVID-19 health risks in our community.

Flag: Orange
Orange
Orange is used to indicate the household has someone who is elderly or high risk (for example, they may have a non-communicable disease). Show you care by staying away. Older people are more likely to have underlying health issues that make them more vulnerable to COVID-19, so it is especially important to follow the rules.
Flag: Yellow
Yellow
Yellow says the house is under supervised quarantine. Someone inside has been exposed to COVID-19. No visitors are permitted to a quarantined house. Quarantine separates people from others and restricts their movement if they have been exposed to an infectious disease, such as COVID-19, to see if they become sick.
Flag: Red
Red
Red is used to indicate a person in the household is a confirmed case of COVID-19. The house is under supervised isolation. It is critical you stay away. Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease, such as COVID-19, from people who are not sick.
Flag: White
White
White signals medical attention is required. If someone in your house needs a doctor or nurse, call your local Puna on the free call number and place a white coloured cloth somewhere visible from the road. It will help us find your house quickly.

Your Puna will provide flags when required. If you don't have a flag when you need one, make do with a t-shirt, pareu or sheet in the right colour.

 

Puna Contact Details

Puna Contact Details
PUNA/CONSTITUENCY
CONTACT NAME
ROLE
EMAILS
PHONE NUMBERS
PUAIKURA
Teremoana Ngatokorua
Chairman
[email protected]
 
Pare Rongokea Jnr
Co-Chairman
Vaipo Mataora
Chairman
[email protected]
 
Elizabeth Munro
EOC Coordinator
HON Minister Patrick Arioka
Chairman
[email protected]
 
Upokotiao Henry
EOC Coordinator
 
TAKITUMU
Ali Macquarie
Chairman
[email protected]
 
Sonny Williams
EOC Coordinator
Ina Tararo
Chairman
[email protected]
 
Paul Maoate
Co-Chairman
Takapi Kora
Chairman
[email protected]
 
Tukurangi Hosking Jnr
Co-Chairman
[email protected]
TE-AU-O-TONGA
HON Minister Mac Mokoroa
Chairman
[email protected]
 
Daryl Rairi
Co-Chairman
Terry Utanga
Puna Rep (National)
[email protected]
 
Apii Pakitoa
Secretary
Kopurei Anguna
COVID 19 Chair
[email protected]
 
Lydia Sijp
Secretary
Nooroa Roi
Team Leader
[email protected]
 
Tereapii Charlie
Assistant

Important Information

Watch Live Announcement from Prime Minister, Hon. Henry Puna here | filmed 27 March 2020 »

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Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS DISEASE?

Coronavirus can make humans and animals sick. Some can cause illnesses similar to the common cold and others cause more serious illnesses, including severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?

Symptoms include (but are not limited to) fever, cough, diarrhoea and difficulty breathing. Difficulty breathing is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention. It can take up to 14 days for symptoms to show after a person has been infected.

THE THREE STAGES OF COVID-19 COOK ISLANDS EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN:

  • BLUE: Preparation and Readiness (Delay entry of disease)
  • YELLOW: Alert (Delay widespread disease transmission)
  • RED: Activation (Mitigate impact of disease)
  • GREEN: Post-Event (Recovery)

FEELING WORRIED, ANXIOUS AND UNSETTLED?

It's normal to worry, but sometimes our worries can get out of control. The right knowledge and a little planning can help prepare yourself and your family.

  • Get the Facts: Check out health.gov.ck
  • Take Control: Follow the advice given by Te Marae Ora
  • Be Flexible: You may have to change plans
  • Be Prepared: Have a plan for your family
  • Look out for eachother: Be kind and take care of eachother

If it is all getting out of control for you, please talk to someone - call 25664.

WHAT DO I DO IF I AM FEELING SICK? WHO DO I CONTACT?

For Health-related questions or concerns, please contact the Healthline on 0800 1800; 0800 1801; 0800 1802 or go direct to your Puna.

WHAT IS SUPERVISED QUARANTINE AND WHAT MUST I DO

Supervised quarantine is applied to any person(s) travelling to Rarotonga from New Zealand, or wishing to travel from Rarotonga to the Pa Enua. They are required to contact Te Marae Ora to register their details and will be advised of their responsibility in supervised quarantine.

Person(s) will be required to undertake quarantine practices e.g. stay in one room, refrain from sharing towels and utensils, use separate bathroom, keep visitors away, and only leave home if authorised by the supervising health officials.

WHAT CAN I DO TO PROTECT MYSELF AND OTHERS?

WHAT ARE THE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS FROM NZ TO RAROTONGA?

Cook Islands residents stranded in New Zealand, will now have to remain in New Zealand for the duration of its four-week lockdown and movement restrictions to help break the chain of the COVID-19 spread. A further 14 days supervised quarantine will apply once you reach Rarotonga. This applies to everyone wanting to come in, including Cook Islanders and Cooks Islands residents.

WHAT ARE THE TRAVEL RESTRICTION FROM RAROTONGA TO THE PA ENUA?

All persons intending to travel to the Pa Enua from Rarotonga are required to undergo 14 days supervised quarantine before the scheduled date of travel. These persons must register with Te Marae Ora and undergo supervised quarantine as above. The Secretary of Heath however, may grant consent for those wishing to travel to the outer islands, provided that person does not pose any COVID-19 related health risks

WHY ARE THE BORDERS STILL OPEN?

Borders are closing in and getting tighter, but the country needs the planes to send out our sick, and tests, to bring in supplies and to support our health efforts.