Hawaii Mom Blog: AlohaTrace Collects Real-Time Data on the Spread of COVID-19 in Hawaii




April 30, 2020

AlohaTrace Collects Real-Time Data on the Spread of COVID-19 in Hawaii

AlohaTrace – a community-driven data collection effort -- is a new online platform that crowdsources daily information from Hawaii residents to track COVID-19 through general whereabouts and interactions of those with existing symptoms. Hawaii residents are asked to share information once a day by answering six confidential and anonymous questions online. The platform was developed in collaboration with the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawaii (NDPTC) and the Pacific Urban Resilience Lab (PURL).  To learn more or to participate, please visit: www.alohatrace.org.

“As the situation with COVID-19 constantly evolves we need the most current, real-time data to track and monitor the spread of the disease,” says Duane Kurisu, Chairman and CEO of aio.

“We are asking everyone in Hawaii to visit www.alohatrace.org and share information daily – or as often as they can - as part of a community effort to create a database from which proactive action can be taken to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our state.”

AlohaTrace uses an updated approach to contact tracking – a method proven to be successfulin countries like South Korea -- that provides information on who may have been infected, where they’ve been and who else they’ve been in contact with. While our privacy laws are much stricter in the US, an anonymous crowdsourced initiative like this can provide the same benefits.

“I encourage everyone in our community to come together and support this incredibly important effort to track the spread of COVID-19 here in our island home,” said Paul Yonamine, Executive Chairman, Central Pacific Bank. “It will require each of us to do our part and come together through social distancing, washing our hands and participating in Aloha Trace’s platform — for us to overcome this virus."

AlohaTrace asks six simple questions focused on symptoms, location and movement in the community. All Hawaii residents 13 or older, whether feeling well or unwell, are encouraged to participate daily and contribute their information. All data will be kept confidential, anonymous and stored in a secure database.

AlohaTrace is a community effort with partners from the business, science, non-profit and public sectors. For more information follow AlohaTrace on Facebook at www.facebook.com/alohatrace and Instagram at http://instagram.com/AlohaTrace.

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