New Zealand’s response to tackling COVID-19 reached another key milestone with the launch of the “on-the-ground” phase of a community-based trial of a COVID contact tracing card in Ngongotahā, a suburb of Rotorua.
The on-the-ground phase was officially launched by Minister for Government Digital Services, Hon. Kris Faafoi and Te Arawa COVID Response hub kaumatua Dr Sir Toby Curtis and Monty Morrison.
Between 500 and 1500 people are being sought to participate for the trial which will involve them wearing the card for a week and providing their feedback on the experience. Participants will need to be over 19 years old and live and/or work in Ngongotahā.
Co-designed by Te Arawa COVID Hub, the Ministry of Health and the Universities of Otago and Waikato, the trial’s purpose is to understand how a contact tracing card works in a real-world scenario, whether it is compatible with New Zealand’s contact tracing systems, and if people will accept and use them.
“On behalf of Government, I acknowledge the commitment of the Ngongotahā community and local leaders to deliver this trial,” says Minister Faafoi.