WHA releases new COVID-19 Screening app

Workforce Health Assessors has recently published an app for iOS and Android devices for the purpose of assisting businesses and individuals to screen for the risk of COVID-19 before going on site.

The following is the media release published in the Mercury Newspaper on 19 June 2020:

Tassie business launches nation-leading COVID-19 screening app

Tasmanian business WHA has today launched a nation-leading COVID screening app. WHA Managing Director, Jason Unwin, said the COVID-19 VS app helps businesses screen visitors before they arrive. “Every business needs a COVID-19 management plan and the COVID-19 VS app makes it easy to screen visitors before they even set foot onsite. The COVID-19 VS app is a quick and easy way for businesses to help manage risk,” Mr Unwin said.

“As a business with a national and international footprint, WHA interacts with thousands of people every day. We were looking for an easy and effective way to screen people for COVID-19 risks and realised there wasn’t a product on the market that could help manage the risk. We initially developed the technology to be used in-house, but quickly realised there was a broader market for it.

“We’ve already identified a few people who were due to come into the office that had a higher level of risk. Based on that, we were able to reschedule their appointments and while none of the individuals have been diagnosed with COVID-19, it’s good to know we have that layer of protection to keep our staff and customers safe.

“The COVID-19 VS app has been through rigorous testing and is based on the latest advice from the World Health Organisation.”

Local businessman and former Tasmanian Health Minister, Peter McKay, said the app would help manage risk at two of his businesses.

“Pembroke Wines offers tastings and tours by appointment and given we’re a family-run business, a COVID-19 outbreak would have a massive impact on our operation. As a business we also must have a COVID management plan. Using the COVID-19 VS app as part of our management plan means that we can screen people quickly and easily before they arrive. It’s a contactless system as well, which is much better than manually filling out forms. I’m also going to encourage guests at our Airbnb property to use the app too.

“As a former Health Minister, I know how great the risks of COVID-19 are to Tasmania and it’s great that a local business has developed a key tool for other local businesses to use.”

Mr Unwin said the COVID-19 VS app was simple to use.

“It’s available on the Apple Store and Google Play store. Users simply answer a few simple questions to determine their COVID-19 risk and a certificate can either be displayed on their smart phone or emailed or texted to the business. All up, it takes less than two minutes but it could make all the difference for a business.”