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MESSAGE FROM THE COLLECTOR

Tmt. J. Innocent Divya I.A.S.

Tmt.J.Innocent Divya IAS, District Collector and District Magistrate’s important priorities are Environment conservation and Protection of the fragile and unique Nilgiris Biosphere and improving the basic amenities, particularly of the vulnerable Tribal groups indigenous to the Nilgiris District.

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COVID-19

What is COVID-19 or coronavirus?

What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus disease 2019 is also called COVID-19. It is a highly infectious disease caused by a novel coronavirus now called “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2” or SARS-CoV-2.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience a mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. However, people with underlying or chronic medical problems like cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes or chronic respiratory diseases may need more care.

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What are common symptoms of COVID-19?

What are common symptoms of COVID-19
  • Mild to high fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Body pain
  • Sudden loss of taste or smell.

These symptoms are common with other infections like Dengue, Malaria or Typhoid. which is why it is advisable to get yourself tested if you have any of the above symptoms.

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How does COVID-19 or coronavirus spread?

How does COVID-19 spread?

People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets hang in the air for some time and may land on objects and surfaces around the person.

Many infected people are asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic but they can still infect others the same way. So it is best to always remain cautious at all times.

To avoid contact with, or spread these droplets, it is important to stay at least 1 metre away from others and cover the mouth with a tissue or bent elbow when sneezing or coughing. Wearing a double or triple-layered fabric mask helps to protect yourself and others. Washing or sanitizing hands frequently is also critical especially after returning home from outside.

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Responsible behaviour during the COVID pandemic

Responsible behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • COVID-19 is a very infectious disease so every person should do his or her best not to get infected or to infect others, by staying home as much as possible and avoiding social gatherings. When you go out, it is important to wear a mask and wash or sanitize your hands frequently. Be vigilant and watch out for symptoms in yourselves and others.
  • Spitting in public can spread COVID-19. It is also now a punishable offence.
  • If someone in your home or neighbourhood gets COVID, there is no need to panic or ostracize the infected person. Be kind and helpful and help them to get the assistance they need.
  • Health workers and public officials who work in high-risk areas should be always respected for the work they do to keep us all safe.
  • During and after you or a family member home isolate and recover from COVID, here is how to dispose of waste: Separate your General waste from your Bio-medical waste.  Bio-medical waste is all used masks, gloves, tissues, medicines, toiletries and other containers you have used during the illness. They may still be contaminated and will be collected by the municipality for appropriate disposal. Please DO NOT dispose of bio-medical waste with general kitchen and household waste. Use red bins or bags for bio-medical waste and keep it isolated, away from people until the Municipality collects it from you.

Contact 1077 or the health worker if you need assistance.

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What are pre-existing Comorbidities and why are they important ?

What are pre-existing Co-morbidities and why are they important ?

Comorbidity means a disease or condition, often chronic, that is present in the person before contracting the Coronavirus. While most of these conditions are usually manageable with regular medicines, the development of another infection like COVID-19, puts a patient at greater risk of serious complications.

Some of the Co-Morbidities include:

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Diseases
  • Cancer
  • Lung Disorders
  • Transplanted organs or immunological disorders and patients on immune suppressive drugs.
  • Chronic obstructive airway disease and prolonged tobacco use
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Obesity
  • HIV infection or on medicines that suppress immunity
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What is being done in the Nilgiris to prevent the spread of the virus?

What is being done in the Nilgiris to prevent the spread of the virus?​

Our strategy is to contain the virus by preventing the spread. Here is how we are doing it:

  1. Although the rest of the state does not require it, the E-pass is still needed for visitors to enter Nilgiris so that the administration can monitor visitors and trace contacts.
  2. Contact tracing when people get infected so that others can test and be cautious.
  3. The Nilgiris is constantly increasing the testing facilities with easy access for all.
  4. People with no space at home to isolate themselves are provided with free quarantine facilities.
  5. Through mobile vans, kiosks in public squares, and this website the Nilgiris administration is spreading awareness to every town and Hatti in the district so that people know how to protect themselves and others and follow the right protocols if they test positive.
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Precautions & Testing

How do I protect myself and my family?

How do you protect yourself and your family?
  1. Stay home and only go out if necessary
  2. Spitting in public can spread COVID-19. It is also now a punishable offence.
  3. Follow the Nilgiri guidelines and SOPs. 
  4. Avoid social gatherings both at home and outside especially weddings & funerals.
  5. Avoid closed spaces with poor ventilation
  6. When out, keep a distance of at least 5 feet from others
  7. Wear the appropriate mask
  8. Wash hands frequently, especially after you return home from an outing or shopping
  9. Make sure family members with chronic illnesses take their medication regularly
  10. Watch out for symptoms and get tested or contact a health worker if anyone develops symptoms at home or in the neighbourhood
  11. Make sure you get to know if you had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19
  12. Take it seriously if you are notified by the local health authority about a person in your vicinity or workplace who  has tested positive to COVID-19
  13. Build immunity
  14. Get tested for COVID-19
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How do I boost immunity?

How do I boost immunity?

Many doctors believe that boosting immunity is an important way to fight COVID-19.

Try and practice some or all of the following:

  1. Consume a healthy diet of fresh home cooked food and fruit.
  2. Consume foods and supplements rich in Vitamin C, Zinc, Vitamin K and Curcumin.
  3. Consume Kabasura Kudineer (Ayurvedic), Arsenic Album (Homeopathy) which
    are immunity boosters available at most medical stores in the Nilgiris
  4. Walk, jog or exercise regularly
  5. Get adequate rest
  6. Practice Yoga and Pranayama
  7. Gargle with Betadine twice a day
  8. Drink plenty of liquids
  9. Decrease the consumption of tobacco, alcohol and sugary drinks
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How do I cope with pandemic related stress and anxiety?

How do I cope with pandemic related stress and anxiety?​

It's normal to feel anxious or worried about COVID-19. It's also normal to feel stressed or lonely when you can't do your normal activities or see friends and relatives. You can take care of yourself by trying to:

  • Take breaks from the news
  • Get regular exercise and eat healthy foods
  • Try to find activities that you enjoy and can do at home
  • Stay in touch with your friends and family members

It might also help to remember that by doing things like staying home, wearing a mask, and avoiding large groups, you are helping to protect other people in your community.

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What tests are done in the Nilgiris and where can I get tested?

What tests are done in the Nilgiris?​

RT-PCR: this is the more reliable test which involves taking a swab from the nose and/or throat and results take 24-72 hours. it can be taken free of cost at all 6 government centres and hospitals.

Rapid Antigen Test (RAT): Not yet done in Tamil Nadu.

You can be tested free of cost at 6 Government Hospitals listed below or at all 37 villages PHCs and you can also get tested in private hospitals Nankem, Coonoor and SM hospital, OOTY at a cost of Rs. 3500.

Free of cost RT/PCR can be done at

1. Ooty GH
2. Coonoor GH
3. Kotagiri GH
4. Gudalur GH
5. Manjoor GH
6. Pandhalur GH
7. Ooty Bus stand: Kiosk
8. Charring Cross: Kiosk
9. Mobile kiosk as per schedule in Coonoor, Kotagiri and Gudulur.

If you are unable to go out to get a test, contact the PHC or Block Medical Officer of your area.

Call 1077 or the your Block Medical Officer for information.

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Checklist to prepare at home

Checklist to prepare at home
  • Install Aarogya Setu app and do the self-assessment regularly.
  • Install eSanjeevaniOPD app for free medical consultation.
  • Keep a thermometer and pulse oximeter ready at home, check the temperature ( any value above 98.4 F is considered a fever) and oxygen saturation regularly (any level below 95% is considered low).
  • If family members have co-morbidities like asthma, high BP or diabetes, ensure they are taking their medication regularly
  • Ensure everyone in the family have their own masks and keeps them washed and clean. (N-95 or a triple layer cotton mask is recommended). Masks should not be shared.
  • Save the following numbers on your mobile phone: 108 for an ambulance or in case you are tested positive for Covid-19 and you need to be hospitalized
    • 24/7 Nilgiris COVID helpline: 1077
    • Coonoor BMO: Dr Hajara Begum +91 94860 72652
    • Gudalur BMO: Dr Kathiravan +91 94866 87372
    • Kotagiri BMO: Dr Rajesh +91 94421 93433
    • Ooty BMO: Dr Murugesan +91 94432 29177
    • Dr. Shahul Mo +91 95856 46260
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Testing centers near me

Find the nearest COVID-19 testing centers in your locality

My COVID-19 test results

Look up your results using your test registration number

E-Pass issuance

Apply for an e-Pass to travel from or to the Nilgiris

Managing COVID-19

Who needs to test and when?

Who needs to test and when​
You should test for COVID if
  • You are experiencing any flu-like symptoms or loss of taste and smell
  • You came into contact with a COVID positive person
  • Anyone in the family has tested positive
  • If you have any doubts you can call
    • 24/7 Nilgiris COVID helpline: 1077
    • Coonoor BMO: Dr Hajara Begum +91 94860 72652
    • Gudalur BMO: Dr Kathiravan +91 94866 87372
    • Kotagiri BMO: Dr Rajesh +91 94421 93433
    • Ooty BMO: Dr Murugesan +91 94432 29177
    • Dr. Shahul Mo +91 95856 46260
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What to do after getting tested?

What to do after getting tested​
  • Isolate yourself and home quarantine until you get your results
  • You will receive your results via SMS or you can access it on http://14.139.183.34/COVIDtrack/swab_result/ (Enter SRF ID and mobile number)
  • If you tested positive, the concerned health care officer will contact you. You can also call 1077
  • If tested negative continue to isolate and follow health care precautions for 3 more days.
  • Do not assume that if you have had and recovered from COVID-19, you automatically develop immunity. There are many documented cases of people getting re-infected. Continue to follow preventive measures. Stay up to date on science. 
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Who will get hospitalized and where?

Who will get hospitalized and where?

People Tested positive for COVID-19 and come under any one of the following categories will be hospitalized:

  • Above 60 years of age
  • Below 10 years of age
  • With comorbid conditions
  • Antenatal Mothers
  • Post Natal Mothers

You will be admitted to any of the Government Hospitals or COVID-19 care centres in the Nilgiris. But if you wish to go to a private hospital, ask the Doctor for guidance.

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If I test positive can I home isolate?

If I test positive can I home isolate?

If you test positive and are willing to isolate at home, the Doctor will decide if you qualify.

Conditions For Home Isolation:

  • Availability of separate room with attached toilet.
  • Willing to abide by the signed undertaking.
  • Must compulsorily download Arogya Setu and E-Sanjeevani App.
  • Must attend the calls from Collectorate and Health Department at all times
  • Daily monitoring of temperature and oxygen saturations
  • Must have Bluetooth & mobile data/WiFi on at all times.
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Entering
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How to
E-Register?

How to E-Register?

All visitors & Non-residents entering the Nilgiris District must E-register from 1st November on the following website.

tnepass.tnega.org/#/user/pass 

VISITORS TO THE NILGIRIS FROM OTHER DISTRICTS, STATES, AND COUNTRIES SHOULD APPLY FOR EPASS UNDER THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

  • Individual/Group Travel via Road: Bike/Bus/Car/Van (Selective few Districts and Coming inside Tamil Nadu from other states).
  • Individual/Group Coming Inside Tamil Nadu via Train/Flight.
  • Bring Guest Workers inside Tamil Nadu from other States.
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Active check posts in Nilgiris

Active check posts in Nilgiris​
Entry point CHECKPOST NAME
Pandalur Taluk Thaloor, Patavayal, Nambiyar Kunnu, Cholady
Gudalur Taluk Kakkanalah, Nadugani, Manalvayal, Kottur, Poolakundu, Kakkundy, Kuni
Kundha  Geddai
Coonoor Burliar
Kotagiri Kunjapannai
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Entry rules for residents & non-residents

Entry rules for residents & non-residents​

1. Tourists visiting the Nilgiris will need to produce a COVID negative certificate not more than 72 hours old along with an e-registration form.

2. Nilgiris residents with government-issued id proof, entering Nilgiris from other districts, do not require to E-Register.

3. Nilgiris residents entering from other states or countries must E-Register

4. All visitors & non-residents must E-Register

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Testing and quarantine

Testing and Quarantine
  • Symptomatic patients are advised not to travel into Nilgiris. They may not be allowed to enter.

  • COVID-19 testing will be done at the check posts for visitors from other states and countries.

  • Those who are tested at the check posts must home quarantine until they get their test results or as advised by Health Authorities.

  • It is advised for people entering the Nilgiris to have a COVID free certificate that is not older than 96 hours.

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Visitors to the Nilgiris from other districts, states, and countries should E-Register

Centre view

SOP for
Tamil Nadu

General guidelines - TN

Guidelines for Schools

Guidelines for Shopping Malls

Guidelines for Media Production

Ooty-club

Guidelines for Hotels and clubs

Testing Facilities

The various testing types and facilities available in the district​

Home Quarantine

All the information to help you with self-assessment at home

Online Results

Get your results digitally using your test registration number

Overview

The Nilgiris
COVID-19 Tracker

Government
Initiatives

Lower your risk.
Help slow the virus.

COVID-19
Warriors

Meet the ones who’ve gone above and beyond their call of duty to serve our community in these uncertain times. Featuring two COVID warriors every week. 

Dr. Balusamy

District Director - Public Health, Nilgiris

Dr. Balusamy joined the Public Health Dept of the Nilgiris as the District Director in December 2019. Barely 4 months into his arrival, the pandemic struck,  pushing him to work round the clock ever since. Reporting directly to the Collector, Tmt. Divya Innocent, he leads 37 primary health centers, 194 health sub-centers, 183 doctors, and 230 staff nurses, all of who have added COVID duties to their regular responsibilities. They’ve taken up the work of regular monitoring, testing, caring for quarantined positive patients, and recommending hospitalization to those who required it.


Dr. Balusamy works 16-18 hours a day. In addition to field visits to the primary health centers, he attends to COVID planning, making protocols, troubleshooting, writing reports, and attending to details in a constantly changing and dynamic situation. While he makes time for his doctor duties, he’s had to sacrifice spending time with his two young children. When quizzed how he keeps himself healthy, he says he works out every morning, eats a healthy diet, stays sanitized, and always wears a mask. He also makes sure that when he gets home, he  meets his family only after a shower and changing into fresh clothes.

Mr. Charlie

56 years - Auto Driver

I am Charlie, an auto driver in the Coonoor town. I am a family man with 3 kids. The Corona virus lockdown brought with it a huge financial crisis to families of auto drivers like me since most of us drive rented vehicles. Although, some relaxations are now made, people are still very hesitant to step out and I feel that is a good sign.
 

Since I had to stay idle at home most of the time, I decided to volunteer and lend a helping hand in this situation. I coordinated with the municipal staff and other volunteers to spread awareness and helped them carry out various tasks. I would supply essentials to people in containment zones or in-home quarantine, twice a day. I would also regularly sanitize the area by spraying disinfectants.

 

Slowly relaxations are given to various sectors and we are unlocking. I feel this is the time we need to be really careful and follow all the guidelines strictly since we have no idea who could be a carrier. As they say, ‘Health is Wealth’, take care of your lives today so that you can step outside and earn a livelihood tomorrow, when things open up.