Check in to help contact tracers check out

THE Tasmanian Government now requires use of the free Check in TAS smartphone app to collect contact tracing information about everyone who spends time at a relevant location.

THE Tasmanian Government now requires use of the free Check in TAS smartphone app to collect contact tracing information about everyone who spends time at a relevant location.

All people aged 16 years and over who enter a relevant location (including staff) are required to provide their contact information through the Check in TAS app, wherever possible.

The purpose of Check in TAS is to support contact tracing if a case or an outbreak of COVID-19 in Tasmania.

In the event of a case of COVID-19 in the community, we need to act quickly to contain the spread of disease. Check in TAS ensures that contact tracing information is collected in a format that is readily accessible for Public Health to use. If there are delays in getting contact tracing information, if information is incomplete or provided in a way that is difficult for Public Health to use, it costs time.

The purpose of Check in TAS is to support contact tracing if a case or an outbreak of COVID-19 in Tasmania

In that time, or if contacts are missed, people may unknowingly spread infection, risking lives and requiring stronger control measures.

If you don’t have a smartphone or are unable to use one, others in your group can check in for you using the app on their device. Alternatively, staff at the premises will be able to check you in, with a device provided by the premises, or you will be able to record your details with a pen and paper.

The information you provide is automatically and securely stored in the right format within the Department of Health, so it can be readily accessed for contact tracing, if necessary. Your information will be automatically deleted after 28 days.

We don’t know how long COVID-19 is going to be around, but while it continues to present a risk to the health and wellbeing of the people of Tasmania, Public Health needs to implement the most effective measures possible to help protect us all. At this stage, all relevant locations will need to use Check in TAS to collect contact tracing information, until notified otherwise.

It is your responsibility to check in at every location that has a Check in TAS QR code. It is importantto assist in contact tracing efforts and to keep the community safe.

Penalties may apply if you do not check in. If you have further questions or require assistance with Check in TAS please call the Public Health Hotline 1800 671 738 or email check.in.tas@health.tas.gov.au.

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