Lakes DHB to use NZ COVID Tracer App at its sites
8/06/2020 3:46:38 p.m.

Monday 8 June 2020

Patients and visitors to Lakes DHB sites, who have downloaded the NZ COVID Tracer App, will be able to use it to keep a record of Lakes DHB sites they have visited, from today.

Lakes DHB is displaying QR code posters throughout Rotorua and Taupo Hospitals, dental and community clinics. 

The posters include unique QR codes for Lakes District Health Board facilities, which patients and visitors can scan using the app. The app will log and track that they have visited that location at a specific date and time.

The Ministry of Health has developed the NZ COVID Tracer App to help the public log and track which businesses and organisations they have visited, and who they have come in contact with. The Ministry of Health is encouraging as many people as possible to download the app – it will support contact tracing efforts including when we move to Level 1.

Faster and more effective contact tracing is an essential part of stopping the spread of COVID-19 in New Zealand.

Use of the NZ COVID Tracer is entirely voluntary, but using it can help protect your friends, whānau and community by enabling faster contact tracing. What’s important is to keep a record of where you’ve been and people you’ve seen in case a contact tracer needs to get in touch.

What is a QR code?
A QR code is a square or rectangular pattern that works in the same way as a barcode. The black and white dots within the pattern are used to encode information such as the name of the business and the location of the premises.

The NZ COVID Tracer app is the official government contact tracing app. More information about the app, including how personal information is used, is available on the Ministry of Health website www.moh.govt.nz 
To download the app see:https://www.business.govt.nz/covid-19/contact-tracing 

To reinforce on privacy:

Personal information and contact details provided through the app will only be used to get in touch if an individual is identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 case. Information about the locations individuals choose to record is stored securely on their phone and is not shared with contact tracers unless an individual chooses to do so. In either case, the personal information shared with the Ministry is held for public health purposes only and will never be used for enforcement.

The NZ COVID Tracer App with QR codes created through the MBIE Business Connect Process.

The Ministry of Health NZ Covid Tracer App will not scan anything except the official QR codes issued by the New Zealand Government.

The Ministry of Health is aware that some of the other posters out there look like the official ones. The official NZ COVID Tracer QR code posters include:

• the Unite against COVID-19 and Ministry of Health logos
• the text 'SCAN HERE TO SIGN-IN WITH THE NZ COVID TRACER APP’ above the QR code
• the business name and address immediately under the QR code
• the text ‘Sign-in. Stop the virus.’ below the QR code area
• do not display any website URLs
• will not direct the user to any websites when scanned.

At this stage, the Ministry does not intend to also update NZ COVID Tracer to operate with other QR codes.

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For more information contact: Sue Wilkie Communications Officer or Shan Tapsell Assistant Communications Officer Phone (07) 349 7944 or mobile 027 242 3652

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