What happens if there is a positive COVID test result of a person in MIQ?

It depends on their symptoms. If they have mild flu like symptoms, then they will remain in  managed isolation in their room and monitored by the hospital staff.

If urgent medical attention is required, people will be transported to the Aged Care Unit (ACU) at Niue Foou Hospital where a temporary room has already been prepared for any patients needing additional care. The patient will also be required to undertake a COVID test prior to being moved to Niue Foou Hospital.

Where the health of any person in isolation requires further medical attention then the patient will be placed on a medical evacuation flight (medivacced) to NZ. Plans and procedures are already in place for this.

Remember that all persons entering Niue will be fully vaccinated.

A positive Covid case in MIQ will trigger a different Alert Response under the Niue Emergency Response Plan to Coronavirus Disease 2020 (COVID-19).

What happens if one of the passengers gets sick for other reasons when in MIQ? e.g. Severe reaction to a bee sting.

It depends on their symptoms. If they have mild flu like symptoms, then they will remain in their managed isolation in their room and monitored by the hospital staff.

If urgent medical attention is required, people will be transported to the Aged Care Unit at Niue Foou Hospital where a temporary room has already been prepared for any patients needing additional care.

The patient will also be required to undertake a Covid test prior to being moved to Niue Foou Hospital.  Medical attention will be provided under strict Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) protocols until the 10 days quarantine day period is complete.

Where the health of any person in isolation requires further medical attention then the patient will be placed on a medical evacuation flight (medivacced) to NZ. Plans and procedures are already in place for this.

What will happen to the occupants in the aged care unit (ACU)?

In the event that a positive Covid case requires hospital care, the occupants of the ACU will be transferred either to their families or alternative accommodation, temporarily.  They will continue to receive some assistance from the Health Dept. but not to the same extent as at ACU and families will be required to provide additional support during this time.

When the Pandemic first started in early 2020 families were contacted as part of overall preparedness for those needing aged care. Where aged care patients cannot be taken in by their families then they will be assisted to look for temporary accommodation.

Where a person from MIQ requires hospital care for other reasons (non-Covid), then the occupants of the ACU are not required to be moved to other temporary accommodation.

Are the families expected to care for them? (ACU)

Yes. Every family must take care of their family and loved ones until the health department clears the ACU, it is deep cleaned and safe for the residents to come back to the ACU. If, when they are at home and they do need care from hospital staff, then additional arrangements can be made.

What if the families cannot care for them? (ACU)

They will be transferred temporarily to one of the wards at the hospital. If a ward is unavailable, then they will be assisted to look for temporary accommodation. If, when they are at temporary accommodation and they do need care from hospital staff, then additional arrangements can be made.

Why was the isolation unit for Covid 19 built right next door to the ACU?

To ensure that urgent medical care is administered as soon as possible.

There will be no contact between the new Isolation Unit with the ACU. The building will be safe to contain the virus and strict Infection Prevention Control (IPC) protocols will be in place at all times.

What happens to the hospital workers if there is a positive case? Is there a place for them to stay if they have to work so that they don’t go home as it is a risk for the families?

In the event that there is a positive case, a dedicated medical team will be responsible for managing the case.  The medical team will be in the same bubble as the positive case, and will be separated from their families until the case is cleared.  Yes, accommodation for the medical team will be provided to ensure they remain in that same bubble.

When will the new isolation unit at Niue Foou Hospital be ready?

This is scheduled for completion in March 2022.

Does the hospital have any ventilators?

Yes. The hospital has 11 ventilators.

What about the other support workers eg MIQ security, drivers that may have been in contact with a COVID case?

Alternative accommodation will also be provided for any other staff who have come into close contact with a positive case.  They will be required to undergo testing and be isolated.

If there is a case at the Aged Care Unit, will the hospital be closed?

No. Hospital will open for business as usual. A doctor and nurse may do home visits if required.

The ACU area will be closed off and there will be no communication or contact between the 2 areas.

What if I have a family member who is already in hospital if a CVOID case goes to the ACU. Will they be safe? Can I visit them?

They will be completely safe and protected because they will be some distance away from the ACU.

There will be restricted visitation conditions at this time.

But what if the doctors and nurses who treat that patient come and treat the ones in the main hospital?

If there is a positive case at the Aged Care Unit, there will be 2 doctor/nurse teams that will be kept  separate: one for Covid and one for regular patients. This will greatly reduce any risk of cross contamination. The team that is in direct contact with a COVID case will deal with that case only and will not treat any other patients. This team will be staying at separate accommodation the entire time until the patient has recovered.

Proper PPE and Infection Prevention Control will also be followed by all hospital staff at all times.

Does the hospital have enough COVID test kits?

There is sufficient supply of test kit cartridges for all of Niue.  

If a person tests positive during MIQ, what happens to the rest of the passengers in MIQ?

The Health department has procedures in place for the other passengers such as additional testing, wearing of masks and other PPE measures as well as basic health hygiene such as hand washing regularly.