Use digital contact tracing
PHA have asked us to share their 3 priority messages as we approach the Christmas period.
Digital contact tracing means 'self-service' tracing. It rapidly alerts people who receive a positive test result, and who need to self-isolate.
Digital contact tracing frees up PHA staff to deal with complex cases. It suits most people who test positive (PHA still contact people manually where needed).
People receiving a positive test result also receive a separate text message with a personal code. They use this code online to input details of people with whom they were in recent close proximity. These 'contacts' are then quickly alerted to self-isolate.
Personal data is protected. The information collected is used only for the purpose of contact tracing and learning about the disease.
PHA are keen to encourage use of 'self-service' contact tracing as it can make such a difference to the spread of COVID-19.