The Australian Government has launched the new voluntary coronavirus app, COVIDSafe.
The app is an important public health initiative that will help keep you, your family, and our community safe from the further spread of coronavirus.
The mobile app uses technology to automate and improve what state and territory health officials already do manually.
COVIDSafe will speed up the process of identifying people who have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with coronavirus, quickly stopping further spread of the virus in the community.
I encourage residents of Cook to download the COVIDSafe app via the Android or Apple app stores, to help protect your family and our community from the further spread of COVID-19.
This is necessary if we are to start easing some of the difficult social distancing restrictions we have had to put in place.
Once installed and running, the COVIDSafe app uses Bluetooth to look for other phones that also have the app installed.
It then securely makes a ‘digital handshake’, which notes the date and time, distance and duration of the contact.
All information collected by the app is securely encrypted and stored in the app on the user’s phone.
No one, not even the user, can access the data collected.
Unless and until a person is diagnosed with COVID-19, no contact information collected in the app is disclosed or is able to be accessed.
COVIDSafe only keeps contact information for 21 days. This covers the maximum incubation period for the virus and the time it takes for someone to be tested for COVID-19.
Once the coronavirus pandemic is over, and Australia no longer needs the app, the app and the information on it will be deleted permanently. No virus, no app.
Should you have any concerns or queries regarding the CovidSafe app I encourage you to click on the link below to access the frequently asked questions. outlining further information regarding the app and it’s access to information on your personal device.