Testing, Isolation & Quarantine

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TESTING, ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE

KNOW THE DIFFERENCE

Isolation is required if you return a positive COVID-19 test. Isolation period is 7 days.

Quarantine is required if you’ve been identified as a household contact of someone who’s tested positive for COVID-19. You will need to undergo tests, even if asymptomatic.

TESTING FOR COVID-19

With a number of Te Marae Ora nursing staff in isolation for COVID-19, to provide support to others who test positive, the following temporary process will apply until further notice.

  • Members of the public that test positive at their place of work, at a testing station or elsewhere away from their home, are advised to drive to their local Health Clinic on their way home.
  • Call the Health Clinic in advance to let them know you have tested positive and are coming to collect your isolation pack.
  • A contact less transfer will then be able to take place.
  • From the local Health Clinic people will be able to collect your Isolation Packs comprising of RAT test kits; an “in isolation” order; welfare pack information; a red flag; and other general information
  • From here, they will then proceed to their home to complete their isolation period.

If people are not well enough to visit their local clinic, then please call the clinic once you get home and Public Health will arrange for the delivery of your Isolation pack.

ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE: WHAT TO EXPECT

Should you be issued an isolation order while in the Cook Islands, here is what you can expect.

  • Any tests required as per the Isolation Order has no cost associated to it, as this is a requirement from Te Marae Ora.
  • Whilst in isolation, the Health Clinics will monitor you. This monitoring will be conducted via phone call only with exception that a face to face when required.
  • The Punas will support the Health Clinics with regards to delivery of items (if any), delivery of medications and security.
  • If you had not already collected your Isolation Pack from the Health Clinics, then one will be delivered to you.
  • Should you need essential household supplies, you can apply for a Welfare Pack.

AVAILABLE FACILITIES

In the event your current accommodation is no longer able to house you, the Cook Islands Government have sourced the following options. To arrange a slot, please contact the local Health Clinic team on +682 56180 or +682 57486.

Please note that accommodation facilities, including food & beverage requirements, are borne by the individual. We highly recommend you secure COVID-19 Travel Insurance

Isolation Facility:

  • Kiikii Motel, Tupapa, Rarotonga
  • Reef Motel, Aitutaki

Quarantine Facility:

  • The Edgewater Resort & Spa, Arorangi, Rarotonga

FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS IN QUARANTINE: ESSENTIAL WORKERS PASS

Employers of essential workers are able to apply for Essential Workers Passes, so that their business may continue to function as best possible during this time. More information below:

  • The Essential Workers Pass is pass is for those in quarantine who are testing negative.
  • The Essential Workers Pass only allows the employee to travel from home to work and vice versa.
  • Pass holders (the employee) must self-administer a RAT test before work each morning and return a negative result. This must be monitored by the employer.
  • Employers that require 10 or more Essential Workers Passes should contact EMCI (29609) or CIT (29435).

TO APPLY:

ONCE YOU'VE RECOVERED FROM COVID-19: GREEN FREEDOM PASS

Once you have recovered from COVID-19, you are then eligible for a Green Freedom Pass

  • Green Freedom Passes are for those who have recovered from COVID-19 and are therefore no longer considered infectious.
  • Holders of a Green Freedom Pass are not required to quarantine even if their household goes into isolation;
  • however this does not make carriers exempt from adhering to the Public Health Measures.
  • Passes can be obtained from your Community Health Clinic in the Puna

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