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What to do when you get COVID-19

So you were ready for O.Week, when all of sudden you catch ‘rona. It’s frustrating, we know. But there’s support here for you.

 

What do I do when I test positive?

Self-isolate immediately and follow the Government guidelines.

Self-isolation means:

  • Stay at home! Your lectures are recorded. Let your lecturers know that you have tested positive and are isolating and whether you may need any special learning arrangements for your time in isolation.
  • Friends cannot come over to visit you or any of your flat member’s mates. Please don’t have any parties until all of the flat has completed your isolation period (at least 7 days) and you have no new or worsening symptoms. Note your flat mates will have to self-isolate for 7 days from the day you tested positive and need to get a test on day 3 and on day 7 or sooner if they develop symptoms.

Tell people you spent time with from 2 days before you started having symptoms or tested positive.

Also, let the University know you tested positive and complete the online form.

There is also support from the NZ government. Please see this website, which is for anyone with COVID-19. There is a form that you can complete that is linked to the Ministry of Social Development. You can enter your details and the type of support you require.

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What happens if I need to self-isolate away from my flat?

Contact ucprotect@canterbury.ac.nz to see if the university has any temporary accommodation that you can stay in for your isolation period.

In terms of getting essential items and food, please ask one of your friends if they will be able to pick-up items for you and deliver it to your location.

There is also support from the NZ government. Please see this website which is for anyone with COVID-19. There is a form that you can complete that is linked to the Ministry of Social Development. You can enter your details and the type of support you require.

 

What happens if I need to self-isolate away from my home in Christchurch?

The government is currently advising people to avoid travelling away from home right now unless they absolutely have to. If you do travel, please be prepared that if you contract COVID-19 and test positive while you are away, you may have to isolate in another town/city, and pay for your flat and for your isolation accommodation.

 

What happens if I need financial help?

For domestic students, please check with Studylink in the first instance if they can help you.

If Studylink cannot help, then there are specific grants from UC and UCSA that you can apply for depending on the situation. Please see the list of services here.

There are different teams that can help with different grants and it is outlined in the above webpage, however all teams are able to help with the COVID-19 related financial support:

  1. Everyone can contact the Advocacy and Welfare Team at the UCSA via help@ucsa.org.nz .
  2. If you identify as Māori, you can contact the Māori Support Team
  3. If you are a part of the Rainbow Community, you can contact the Rainbow Advisor.
  4. If you identify as Pasifika, you can contact the Pacific Support Team.
  5. If you are an international student (undergraduate/honours/masters), you can contact the Student Care Team.
  6. If you are a self-funded PhD student (either domestic or international), contact the Advocacy and Welfare Team at the UCSA via help@ucsa.org.nz.

There is also support from the NZ government. Please see this website, which is for anyone with COVID-19. There is a form that you can complete that is linked to the Ministry of Social Development. You can enter your details and the type of support you require.

 

 

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What happens if I can’t focus on my studies?

You can contact the Advocacy and Welfare Team at the UCSA via help@ucsa.org.nz

It is also important to communicate with your lecturers about what is going on for you.

If it is a short-term issue and it has impacted your ability to perform your best on a test or assignment, you may be eligible to apply for Special Consideration. The Advocacy and Welfare Team can help you through this process.

There are specific Student Advisors for each Faculty. So if you aren’t sure you are taking the right courses, or if you want to make changes, they can help you with this.

You can also talk to the Student Care Team about any study concerns you have.

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