People in Wrexham are being urged to download the new Covid-19 NHS app…and help keep the people they love safe this autumn.
Launched today, the app is the latest weapon in the fight against the virus, and helps you record the locations you visit by scanning QR codes at shops, pubs, restaurants and other venues.
If you visit a location where there’s a chance you came into contact with the virus, you’ll get an early warning alert from the NHS.
If you test positive for Covid-19, you’ll be able to use the app to tell contact tracers where you’ve been – information that could be crucial in helping to stop the spread of the disease.
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Councillor Hugh Jones, Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety, says:
“Along with social distancing, this app could prove really important this autumn…helping contact tracers quickly identify people who may have been exposed to the virus.
“So please download it, and use it to ‘check-in’ whenever you see a QR code at the locations you visit.
“The more people use the app, the more effective it will be.”
Councillor Mark Pritchard, Leader of Wrexham Council, adds:
“If you have a smart phone, please download the app.
“Do it for yourselves and your friends and family. Do it for the NHS. Do it for your community.
“We’ve stuck together throughout this emergency, and I’m incredibly proud of the way Wrexham has played its part in the fight against Covid-19.
“Lets keep going. Please stick to social distancing, and please use this app as much as you can.”
Businesses asked to display QR codes
The UK and Welsh governments are encouraging businesses to display QR codes at their premises…so visitors can scan the codes with the app.
The more businesses display the codes, the more app users will be able to record where they visit.
Businesses in Wrexham who want to display a QR code poster and support the NHS, can create and download one from the UK Government website.
The app provides a range of other features, including:
- Alerts if you’ve been near other app users who’ve tested positive.
- Info about the level of coronavirus risk in your postcode area.
- Help with checking for symptoms and working out if you need a test.
- Help with booking a test.
- A countdown tool to help you keep track if you need to self-isolate.