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The Wharekaka Board would like to share with the community how it is tackling the threat of coronavirus – Covid 19. Our elderly and frail residents are at risk from the virus and therefore need most protection but for aged care, managing disease outbreaks is all too common so we have good processes in place.

Given the recent Government restrictions on movement, Wharekaka has now closed access. This means that no visitors are allowed excepting essential visitors eg our Doctor. But please remember, you can always phone the person you would have visited to keep in touch. 

We have good policies and procedures in place for infection control and will use these, as we have done in the past. In addition, we have ensured all our outbreak kits are fully stocked and we have some extra supplies of masks and gloves on hand. We are also reminding staff of the important of handwashing and supporting them to get the flu vaccination. 

Should any essential services fail, Wharekaka has an emergency generator and a huge water tank to supply the Home. These have been provided through the generosity of the Sutherland Self Help Trust. 

Wharekaka also provides the ‘Meals on Wheels’ service to Martinborough, Featherston and Greytown residents and this lifeline service will be continuing. 

Wharekaka is the only community-owned facility in South Wairarapa, that cares for the frail elderly. We appreciate all the support we receive and have received. We would particularly like to thank the Martinborough Community Garden who have given some of their surplus produce to Wharekaka. 

For further information, the Ministry of Health provides current, factual information on its website, and updates it very frequently:  https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

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