StopCOVID NI mobile app launched

31 Jul 2020 Shauna O'Neill    Last updated: 3 Aug 2020

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Northern Ireland’s Health service has launched this mobile phone App to help ‘contact tracing’ of people potentially infected by the virus. It is a major aid in the battle to control the spread and stop a return to lockdown.

NICVA fully supports and encourages everyone to use the App.  We have engaged extensively with the Department for Health’s Digital Team developing the App and the PHA’s Contact Tracing Steering Group particularly on the privacy issue for users.

The Contact Tracing steering group and the App Team have engaged with Northern Ireland Human Rights Groups, the Human Rights Commission, the Older People’s Commissioner and the Commissioner for Children and Young People to hear their views, answer all their questions and give full assurance on the App.

The Team’s response has been first class and they have produced a decentralised App that will not intrude on individual’s privacy, like tracing their location but will achieve the desired health outcome. Health Minister Robin Swann urges everyone to use it and his full statement is here.

This is a vital public health tool and NICVA encourages all voluntary and community groups and their members to download the App and then promote it widely to all their associates, friends, and relations.  The more people who use it the better the protection for us all. 

How does the StopCOVID NI contact tracing app work?

If you are in close contact with an app user who has added a positive COVID-19 test result to their app, this app will notify you. You won’t know who, when or where.

If you test positive for COVID-19 you can add that result to this app. This will notify other app users that you have been in close contact with. The app will never reveal your identity or location.

Download the StopCOVID NI App from the Apple Store here or from Google Play here.

 

The StopCOVID NI app will anonymously alert users if they have been in close contact with another user who has tested positive for COVID-19

 

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by Shauna O'Neill

Information Officer

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