03 November 2020 – COVID Card trial begins in Rotorua

Type of Intervention: New Tool / Service / Body
Sectors Involved: Health
Level of Jurisdiction: national
Lead People/Agency: Ministry of Health
Te Arawa COVID-19 recovery

Overview: Trial for Bluetooth contact tracing card begins in Rotorua: The trial will help the Ministry of Health understand how well the contact tracing cards perform in a real-world scenario.
Full details here: https://covid19.govt.nz/updates-and-resources/latest-updates/trial-for-bluetooth-contact-tracing-card-begins-in-rotorua/

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – academic
Evidence/Justification: A COVID contact tracing card is essentially a ‘digital handshake’; when a wearer comes into close proximity with another person wearing a contact tracing card, the ‘handshake’ is logged on the card. If a person tests positive for COVID-19, the data can be retrieved from the card to enable effective contact tracing. The card does not use GPS and the wearer’s location is not tracked – it simply tracks contacts with other wearers.