NZ COVID Tracer app

NZ COVID Tracer helps you protect yourself, your friends, your whānau and your community by enabling faster contact tracing.

NZ COVID Tracer By Ministry of Health, NZ
  • Digital diary of the places you visit
  • Scans QR codes
  • Registers contact information
  • Contact alerts

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Security and privacy Does the app:
  • collect medical information? No
  • require a login? Yes
  • have password protection? Yes
  • have a privacy policy? Yes
  • require internet access? No

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What does the app do?

NZ COVID Tracer app is a contact tracing app that enables faster contact tracing by creating a digital diary of the places you visit. After downloading the app, you will be asked to enter your email address and create a password. You’ll then receive an email with a 6-digit code that will allow you to complete the registration process.

To create a digital diary of the locations you visit, select the ‘Record a visit’ option and point your camera at any COVID-19 QR code poster so the code fits within the target area on the display of your phone. A green tick will show up on the display when the QR code has been scanned successfully. (Hint: Make sure to give NZ COVID Tracer permission to access your camera when prompted.) You can also add a manual entry to your digital diary.

You can view your digital diary at any time by tapping the icon on the top left of the ‘Record a visit’ screen or by selecting ‘View my diary’ on the ‘My profile’ screen. You can also edit or delete diary entries if you make a mistake or need to add some extra details.

You can sign up for contact alerts by visiting the NZ COVID Tracer dashboard and checking the ‘Receive contact alerts’ tile. Contact alerts work through ‘push notifications’ to your phone. If the places and times stored in your digital diary show you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you’ll receive a contact alert. This does not involve transmitting any location information from your phone to the Ministry of Health.

If you are identified as a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19, a contact tracer will get in touch to provide advice on self-isolation and to check on your health and wellbeing. During the phone call, the contact tracer will also ask you for information about the places you’ve been and the people you’ve seen. To help with this, you can open your digital diary by going to the ‘My profile’ screen and selecting the ‘View my diary’ option.

The contact tracer may also ask you to share your digital diary with the Ministry of Health. You can do this by selecting the ‘Share my diary’ option within the ‘My profile’ screen. You’ll be prompted to enter your personal information (if you haven’t previously entered it into NZ COVID Tracer). The contact tracer will then provide you with a verification code which will allow you to transmit your digital diary to the Ministry of Health.

You can also save your NHI number within the NZ COVID Tracer app by going to the ‘My profile’ screen and tapping on the ‘My NHI details’ option. You’ll then be prompted to enter your NHI number for easy access if you ever need a COVID-19 test.

Businesses can find out how to create a QR code poster for their workplace here.

More information

For the complete app description, go to the app website, Google Play or App Store.

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How to use NZ COVID Tracer app Message from Dr Ashley Bloomfield

Review details

Date of review: June 2020
Platform reviewed: Android
Version: 1.1.0

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