Power of Heathline staff to require people to receive COVID-19 testing and to self-isolate

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Dear Ministry of Health,

Under which legislation (if any) are Heathline staff empowered to require people to receive COVID-19 testing and / or to self-isolate?

Yours faithfully,

Cody C

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From: Cody C <[FOI #18186 email]>
Sent: Thursday, 13 January 2022 23:26
To: OIA Requests <[email address]>
Subject: Official Information request - Power of Heathline staff to
require people to receive COVID-19 testing and to self-isolate
 
Dear Ministry of Health,

Under which legislation (if any) are Heathline staff empowered to require
people to receive COVID-19 testing and / or to self-isolate?

Yours faithfully,

Cody C

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From: Cody C

Dear OIA Requests,

I am familiar with the the s70 notices on the MoH website. However I don't feel my question was interpreted correctly. Please allow me to rephrase my question below.

Can a Healthline staff member - being that they are not a Medical Officer of Health - direct or otherwise require an individual to:

1) self-isolate; and / or
2) get a Covid-19 test?

Or has Healthline been delegated authority by any Medical Officer of Health?

Yours sincerely,

Cody C

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Ngā mihi

 

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