COVID-19 Update – 17th August

COVID tests
COVID tests are FREE – some people have been charged for tests for COVID. If you think you have symptoms of COVID, you should get a test ASAP at:

  • your family doctor – call ahead to find out if you need a test and follow their advice.
  • a designated GP clinic. You don’t need to be enrolled.
  • an Urgent Care clinic – some are open 24 hours, 7 days a week
  • a Community Testing Centre.

General Election date
The Election date now Saturday 17th Oct, moved from 19th September.

Deaf Aotearoa is involved in organising and supporting election forums leading into the election – the dates of some of these will now be moved to closer to the new election date of 17th October. We will let you know the time, date and venue of the forums once we know the details.

Resurgence Wage Subsidy
The Government has announced a new payment, the Resurgence Wage Subsidy. It’s a two-week payment for businesses who meet the criteria, and aren’t getting the Wage Subsidy, Wage Subsidy Extension or the Leave Support Scheme

Applications can be made from 1pm on 21 August 2020 to 3 September 2020. It is open to employers throughout New Zealand.

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