Press Release:– The Government of Saint Lucia applauds the Ministry of Health’s continued use of technology in the fight against COVID-19 as it announces the launch of the “758 Care Alert” app to boost contact tracing efforts by the Department of Health and Wellness.
The Government has been utilizing monitoring devices such as the Amber Solution Watch and the BioIntelliSense Button to help health authorities manage and monitor the national COVID-19 response and welcomes the “758 Care Alert” app for citizens to actively join the fight.
Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet has continuously praised the contact tracing team who have engaged in extensive and comprehensive contact tracing to help contain the spread of the virus throughout the island.
The “758 Care Alert” app will assist contact tracers by using data alongside the individual’s memory to determine their locations in the last 14 days leading up to their diagnosis.
The Government of Saint Lucia encourages citizens to download the App which is available on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.
Having the App on one’s phone has several benefits:
- Creates a private location diary for users by documenting places visited, 14 days at a time.
- If diagnosed, one can choose to share their location with the Ministry of Health’s contact tracing team so they can inform others who may have crossed paths with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
- Allows exposed individuals to receive notifications on whether they may have crossed paths with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
- The information is private and sharing the location history is the decision of the phone user. To access all the benefits of the app, one must read and accept the licensing agreement.
The Government of Saint Lucia is committed to ensuring safety and encourages all Saint Lucians to download the app to join the fight against the spread of COVID-19.