Prime Minister Mark Brown shows off the Cook Islands’ Covid-19 contact tracing app, CookSafe+. PHOTO: Office of the Prime Minister.
The Cook Islands contact tracing app is now available for download for residents with a smartphone.
features Bluetooth technology and works by logging encounters with other app
users using their Apple or Android devices.
If a user
tests positive for Covid-19, they can enter their test result using the app and
upload tracing data for analysis.
contacts over the past 14 days then receive an alert on their phone that
they’ve been exposed to someone who has tested positive.
developers say people who test positive are not identified to other users,
Google, or Apple.
And data is
only used by public health authorities for pandemic management.
Commerce chief executive officer Eve Hayden said they will begin a public
“The next block of work will include the Chamber promoting
CookSafe+ by asking locals and visitors to download the CookSafe+ app.”
“We will also be there to
provide any support required.”
tracing, along with mass testing, have been singled out as two of the most
important factors for preparing the health system in advance of any bubble.
Prime Minister Mark Brown said the Government remains committed to its ‘open
for business’ date of May 1.
address at the launch, Brown said: “The introduction of a contact tracing
system compatible with the one used in New Zealand is an important measure that
we need to have in place in readiness for a safe border opening.”
think of it like this,” explained the Prime Minister in his launch speech.
“While our CookSafe cards help trace the places we visit, the CookSafe+ app
helps trace the people we meet.”
need to keep using our cards and keep tagging in everywhere we go – but
download the CookSafe+ app and you’ll be adding that extra layer of protection
for yourself, for your family and for all of us living here in these beautiful
islands we call home.”
anticipation of the two-way travel bubble between the Cook Islands and New
Zealand, a major benefit of CookSafe+ is its interoperability with the NZ COVID
of interoperability between our two countries’ apps is a first for the Southern
Hemisphere and this is only the second time such a system has been set up
anywhere in the world.
all be very proud of this achievement,” said Prime Minister Brown. “I know it’s
taken us a lot of hard work to get to this point and I am very pleased to see
this app up and running today.”
led by the Chamber of Commerce and in collaboration with Te Marae Ora, the
Office of the Prime Minister, the New Zealand Ministry of Health and app
developers Rush Digital, have all worked tirelessly for the past four months so
that we could be in a position to launch CookSafe+ today.
like to formally acknowledge and thank all who have been involved in this
project, and I would also like to offer a special thanks to New Zealand for
their ongoing assistance and support,” the Prime Minister said.
CookSafe+ app is currently available for free download to your smartphone from
either the Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store.
development was led by the Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Te Marae
Ora, the Office of the Prime Minister, the New Zealand Ministry of Health and
NZ-based app developer, Rush Digital.