Briefings received on COVID-19 isolation in the community

Harold made this Official Information request to Chris Hipkins

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From: Harold

Dear Chris Hipkins,

I would like to request copies of all reports and briefings received by Minister Hipkins on the topic of COVID-19 home quarantine (including the MIQ self-isolation pilot), and COVID-19 self- and community isolation for community cases, dated since the beginning of August.

Yours faithfully,

Harold

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From: C Hipkins (MIN)
Chris Hipkins

Kia ora

 

Thank you for taking the time to write to Hon Chris Hipkins, Minister for
COVID-19 Response, Minister of Education, Minister for the Public Sector
and Leader of the House.

We are receiving a significant amount of correspondence at the moment and,
although your email will be carefully considered and noted, it is not
possible to respond to each individual email. However, please note that
this is an automatic response and we will endeavour to respond to your
individual queries as soon as we can.

You can find the latest information and guidance about Alert Levels at
[1]https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-levels-and...
The locations of interest are set out
at [2]https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/dise...
encourage anyone who has been at one of the locations of interest at the
time specified to self-isolate and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453. You
can find the nearest testing centre to you
at [3]https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19/.

We appreciate that this is a challenging time. If you need to talk, you
can call or text 1737 at any time. Mental health and wellbeing resources
are also available
at [4]https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/dise...
about the financial support available to individuals and businesses can be
found at [5]https://covid19.govt.nz/business-and-mon....

We also understand that there are several other aspects to the response
that are very important to people. You can find more information about:

o Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ)
at [6]https://www.miq.govt.nz/, including how to request an emergency
allocation
at [7]https://www.miq.govt.nz/travel-to-new-ze...
make a complaint or request a review of your application by
emailing [8]https://www.miq.govt.nz/about/contact-us....
o Travel with Australia
at [9]https://covid19.govt.nz/travel/quarantin...
you are in Australia, please register
at [10]https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/ and if it is an emergency,
contact the Consulate on +64 99 20 20 20.
o Vaccines at [11]https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19-vaccines/, including
how to book your vaccine
at [12]https://bookmyvaccine.covid19.health.nz/... by calling 0800 28
29 26.
o Vaccine data and statistics
at [13]https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/dise...
Medsafe’s vaccine safety monitoring reports
at [14]https://www.medsafe.govt.nz/COVID-19/vac...
o The Government’s plan to reconnect New Zealand with the rest of the
world
at [16]https://covid19.govt.nz/reconnecting-new....

Please remember to take care, and be kind. We have beaten COVID-19 before,
and we can do it again.

Ngā mihi,

Office of Hon Chris Hipkins

Minister for COVID-19 Response | Minister of Education | Minister for the
Public Sector | Leader of the House | MP for Remutaka

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From: Josh Hercus

Kia ora Harold

Thank you for your email of 22 November 2021 to the office of the Hon Chris Hipkins requesting, under the Official Information Act 1982 (the Act), the following information:

I would like to request copies of all reports and briefings received by Minister Hipkins on the topic of COVID-19 home quarantine (including the MIQ self-isolation pilot), and COVID-19 self- and community isolation for community cases, dated since the beginning of August.

I am writing to notify you that the office is extending the timeframe for responding to your request under section 15A(1)(b) of the Act, as the consultations necessary to make a decision on the request are such that a proper response cannot reasonably be made within the original time limit.

An extension is necessary to complete consultations with all relevant parties. We will now respond to your request on or before 8 February 2022, which is an extension of 20 working days. However, we will endeavour to respond to you sooner. Please be advised that this date takes into account Christmas (25 December 2021), Summer Holidays (25 December to 15 January) New Year's Day (1 January 2022) and Day after News Year's Day (2 January 2022).

You have the right to seek an investigation and review by the Ombudsman of this decision. Information to make a complaint is available at www.ombudsman.parliament.nz or freephone 0800 802 602.

Ngā mihi

Josh Hercus
Private Secretary, Managed Isolation and Quarantine - COVID-19 Response
Office of Hon Chris Hipkins
Minister of Education | Minister for the Public Service | Minister for COVID-19 Response | Leader of the House

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