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Mayor urges residents to download COVIDSafe app

28 April, 2020Posted in: Other
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Wingecarribee Shire Mayor Duncan Gair is encouraging Highland residents to download the Federal Government’s recently released COVIDSafe app to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Mayor Gair said the phone app could enable restrictions to be eased while still keeping residents safe.

“The COVIDSafe app will allow authorities to contact people exposed to the coronavirus more quickly,” he said.

“The more Australians who connect to the app, the quicker we can find the virus and the faster we’ll be able to flatten the curve and return to our normal lives.”

The COVIDSafe app helps find close contacts of COVID-19 cases and subsequently enables state and territory health officials to quickly contact people who may have been exposed to the virus.

“While collectively we’ve already done a great deal to stop the spread of the virus, we have to continue to work together if we want our economy to re-open and see a speedy return to our normal lives,” Mayor Gair said.

“While downloading the app is completely voluntary, the more people who do so will help increase the app’s accuracy and help our health workers trace and contain the virus.”

The COVIDSafe app is the only contact trace app approved by the Australian Government and at the end of the pandemic, users will be prompted to delete the app from their phone.  Users can also delete the app from their phones at any time.

Information and privacy will be strictly protected and health officials will not name any person infected.

“By downloading this app, we can all get back to hugging our grandchildren, playing weekend sport or just catching up with mates at the pub sooner rather than later.”

For more information on the Federal Government’s COVIDSafe app including full privacy details visit www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covidsafe-app.

The COVIDSafe phone app can be downloaded for free from the App Store and Google Play.