CookSafe and CookSafe+ are the official contact tracing systems as part of the national effort to protect the Cook Islands from COVID-19. If a COVID-19 case is identified, the Ministry of Health will be able to trace people who may have been exposed to the virus through the process of contact tracing. We encourage visitors and residents to register for a CookSafe QR Card and tag in at participating locations, and download the CookSafe+ contact tracing app as an added layer of protection. By participating in both our contact tracing systems, you are playing your part to keep both yourself and the Cook Islands safe.
What is CookSafe?
CookSafe issues registered users with a unique QR Card that is used to tag in at CookSafe stations. You can register and collect your CookSafe QR Card from; Rarotonga International Airport upon arrival, Tourism Visitor Information Centre in town, Chamber of Commerce, Vodafone or Prime Foods. To use your CookSafe QR Card, you simply tag in by scanning your QR card into a tag in station. You can find a CookSafe tag in station set up at the entry or front counter of participating locations. The data collected is confidential and only accessible by the Ministry of Health for contact tracing purposes.
WHAT IS COOKSAFE+?
CookSafe+ is a contact tracing app which uses smartphone Bluetooth technology to register other CookSafe+ App users and NZ Covid Traver App users in your vicinity. Although the NZ Covid Tracer App will work in the Cook Islands, we encourage you to download and use the CookSafe+ App when you visit. The CookSafe+ App will send you an alert if you have come into contact with another app user who tests positive for COVID-19. Once you have turned CookSafe+ Bluetooth tracing on, it works by sending out a private and secure random ID code to nearby phones. The data collected is confidential and only accessible by the Ministry of Health for contact tracing purposes.
Why is CONTACT TRACING important?
If a potential COVID-19 case has been identified, the Ministry of Health needs to be able to quickly trace people who may have been exposed to an infected individual through the process of contact tracing. They will then be able to contain the spread. This process helps to keep the Cook Islands and its’ visitors safe. This information is secured through an encrypted database with the Ministry of Health and is only used for the purpose of contact tracing for COVID-19.
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