Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Questions (799)

Emer Higgins


799. Deputy Emer Higgins asked the Minister for Health if the Covid-19 tracker application will be updated such that when a person is identified as a close contact and takes the necessary action, his or her close contact notification expires in order that he or she is able to receive future notifications. [26433/20]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Deputy’s question - whether a person is identified as a close contact and takes the necessary action their close contact notification expires to enable them to receive future notifications - is not a feature of how the Covid Tracker app functions. Users of the app do not have to wait for one notification to 'expire' in order for the app user to receive a further notification - triggered by another individual being confirmed as Covid positive.

The app downloads information on close contacts every 15 to 20 minutes and should it be necessary to alert a user of the app that they have been in close contact with another individual who has been confirmed Covid positive, they will receive a separate alert specific to that encounter. This happens regardless of whether they are still taking the necessary actions associated with a previous and separate close contact notification or if it is the first notification they have ever received.

Question No. 800 answered with Question No. 764.
Question No. 801 answered with Question No. 774.