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New digital solution to streamline COVID-19 testing at live events

12.06pm 8th April 2021 - Coronavirus News - This story was updated on Friday, April 9th, 2021

An app developed by the company ReCoVa-19 now enables event organisers to streamline COVID-19 test processing at live events. With many in-person gatherings set to resume from 17th May, COVID-19 testing on admission will be invaluable for making events as safe as possible. However, the organisers of these events face logistical challenges in terms of registering attendees, processing tests and reporting the data. ReCoVa-19’s secure web app removes the administrative burden for organisers and has proved a game-changer in initial trials. The app promises to be a valuable tool to help live events run smoothly as society opens up.

When restrictions are relaxed in May, many younger adults will still be awaiting their first vaccine dose. At this stage, lateral flow testing on admission to events is likely to be a key element of minimising risk. However, event organisers will be responsible for reporting this testing data to Public Health England, and this raises a significant administrative challenge. “Taking details from all event attendees at the point of entry would be a major undertaking, not to mention reporting that data afterwards,” says Clive Minihan, Director of ReCoVa-19. “With our app, we aim to reduce that administrative headache and ensure the whole process runs smoothly.”

With ReCoVa-19’s new technology, attendees will download the app prior to the event and enter all details that will be required to attend the event and by Public Health England. The event administrator will also have access to the software, so when the attendee arrives and takes a lateral flow test, they can quickly and easily associate the test to the right user account. “It makes life a lot easier for event administrators as the tests are immediately registered to the right details, so you don’t need to worry about losing track of whose test is whose on a busy day,” explains Clive.

Reporting the results to Public Health England is also much easier with the app, as the software will submit the data automatically on the evening of the event. The app is fully GDPR compliant, meaning that event organisers can be confident they are meeting all legal requirements regarding personal data.

ReCoVa-19’s technology can be used to support private gatherings such as weddings, as well as larger events such as conferences, sports events and theatre and concert performances. “We’re pleased to help bring back some of these much-awaited events to the calendar,” says Clive. “Ultimately, event organisers will need an efficient system for testing, so they can ensure their event runs smoothly while being as safe as possible and complying with any relevant requirements.”

The ReCoVa-19 app has already been successfully trialled at in-person gatherings. Dependable Forces, a leading event health and safety company who specialise in COVID-19 compliance and testing, says the app has proved of great value to them. “We trialled the technology at a small event and it made a remarkable difference to our speed and efficiency,” says Alistair Graham, CEO of the company. “The admissions process was much simpler, and the automatic reporting was a particular advantage as we didn’t have to worry about that after the event.”

Wren Healthcare, a UK registered healthcare company led by nurses, has also found the app useful for live events. “In our work we perform testing at corporate gatherings and the app makes the process run a lot more smoothly,” says Iain Campbell, Managing Director of the company.

In addition to event support, ReCoVa-19 offers bespoke COVID-19 testing and wellness programmes to help manage risk within the workplace and educational institutions. Event organisers, employers and business owners can find out more about ReCoVa-19 at https://recova-19.com/ or can contact an expert at info@recova-19.com to discuss their individual needs.

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