Public health information
The Richmond boil water notice has now been lifted. There is no longer a need to boil water.
Boil water notice remains in place indefinitely.
Regional beaches are now open for swimming and shellfish collection.
The beach is open for swimming.
All flood water should be treated as at high risk of contamination with raw sewage. This means no swimming, fishing and shell fish collection from coastal margins until further notice. Swimming in and even cycling through contaminated water is discouraged.
All floodwater and silt should be assumed to contain sewage. Sewage contains harmful bacteria and viruses and needs to be cleaned up carefully. Keep children and pets away from the area until this is done. Appropriate clean up procedures include:
This is particularly important for people displaced from their homes due to the current flooding and slips because:
You may be staying in crowded housing and sharing facilities so that infections are likely to spread more easily. You may be exposed to water or silt that is contaminated with raw sewage when revisiting your properties.
To prevent the spread of infection, remember to wash your hands (soap, water and dry) or use alcohol hand gel
Read more above about cleaning up floodwater or silt on your property.
Seek medical advice early for unwell people
There is a local outbreak in Nelson Tasman which is now widespread amongst both children and adults - it is of concern that spread may increase with people sharing housing. Spread occurs where people have close contact and is common within households.
Vaccination or having had whooping cough protects most people for many years against becoming ill, but neither gives 100% or life-long protection. Usual symptoms are persistent cough with spasms of coughing that may end in vomiting or difficulty breathing, and may be accompanied by a whooping sound. Serious complications are most common in infants and babies.
Remember to cover all coughs and sneezes (clean tissue or elbow). It is very important that adults don't cough around babies and children - adults are often the source of infection that then spreads to children.
Anyone with a persistent or severe cough should see their doctor. If you have any queries please contact the Public Health Service on 03 546 1537 (Nelson) or After Hours the On Call Health Protection Officer on 03 546 1800.