Source: New Zealand Ministry of Health
Contact tracing is a vital part of our fight against COVID-19. Effective contact tracing helps to prevent potential onward transmission, raise awareness about the disease and its symptoms and supports early detection of suspected cases.
A comprehensive contact tracing system allows the Ministry of Health to ensure rapid identification and isolation of new cases.
Ensuring robust contact tracing is a priority piece of work for the Ministry, which will ensure the system is operational for when the alert level moves from Level 4 to Level 3, with ongoing enhancement and refinement to deliver a quality service.
The Ministry of Health commissioned Dr Ayesha Verrall to undertake a rapid review of the health sector’s strengthened approach to contact tracing for COVID-19 cases.
This report summarises Dr Verrall’s findings and makes recommendations for improvements to contact tracing to control Covid-19 in New Zealand.