Upload your data for contact tracers

If you test positive for COVID-19 you will be asked to share your diary with contact tracers. Learn how to share your diary, what you can share and how to send a Bluetooth alert.

Share your digital diary with contact tracers

If you test positive for COVID-19 you should share your digital diary with contact tracers. This helps them find out where you may have caught COVID-19 and who may have been near you while you were sick.

We encourage you to share all days to give contact tracers as much context as possible. It is not compulsory to share your diary but it does help make contact tracing easier. To help protect your privacy you can choose what diary entries to share (all days, the last 14 days or select entries within these times). To share your diary:

  1. Open the NZ Covid Tracer app.
  2. Go to the My data screen.
  3. Tap on My diary.
  4. Tap on Share my diary. 
  5. Select diary entries to share.
  6. Enter the six digit diary upload code given to you by the contact tracer.
  7. Confirm your entries and share.

Once you share your diary it will securely upload the locations, times and notes in your diary to the National Contact Tracing Solution. This data will be treated as part of your medical record.

Send a Bluetooth alert

If you use Bluetooth the contact tracer will ask if you want to send a Bluetooth alert. If you agree they will provide you with a verification code. To initiate the alert:

  1. Open the NZ Covid Tracer app.
  2. Go to the My data screen.
  3. Tap on Share my Bluetooth tracing codes.
  4. Enter the verification code given to you by the contact tracer.

This will send a Bluetooth alert to the other app users who have come near enough to you for long enough to be at risk of exposure.

Sending a Bluetooth alert does not: 

  • upload information about where you have been or who you have been close to
  • identify you. 

It will only alert the people who have been near you that they may have been exposed and need to be tested.

Find out more about Bluetooth alerts

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