Dr Ashley Bloomfield urging people to make use of the COVID Tracer app

Dr Ashley Bloomfield urging people to make use of the COVID Tracer app

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Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield is urging people to use the NZ COVID Tracer app after a community case was announced to media on Sunday.

“We are heading into a long weekend which will provide a well-earned break for many people – but remember, this virus doesn’t take breaks,” said Dr Ashley Bloomfield.

The upcoming long weekend will cause many people to be out-and-about around the country, but everyone is being reminded to stay cautious and use the COVID Tracer app as much as possible.

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“Even if you have fallen out of the habit of using the app, please start again – reset your habits and go from now,” said Dr Ashley Bloomfield.

“Wherever you go and whatever you do over Labour weekend, record it.”

Businesses are being told to make sure they have their QR code visible at their storefronts and to make it easily accessible while encouraging people to scan in or sign in if they do not have a device.

In addition to the COVID Tracer app — the Ministry of Health is educating people to wash their hands regularly, keep surfaces clean, cough and sneeze into their elbows and wear face coverings when there isn’t good physical distancing in crowded indoor spaces.

Face coverings are strongly recommended to be worn when on public transport and flights, but is not mandatory.

If you are sick, stay home and get a test for COVID-19 if you start feeling symptoms. Getting a test is free.

“If you become unwell while you are away from home, call Healthline. Don’t wait until you get home to get tested,” said Dr Ashley Bloomfield.

Testing will accordingly be available throughout the country over the long weekend. You can find all locations of testing centres on your local DHB website.

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