New smartphone app tells New Yorkers if they’ve been exposed to coronavirus


"COVID Alert NY" is available for free in both the Apple and Google app stores through the New York State Department of Health, and will alert users if they are within 6 feet of a COVID-positive person for more than 10 minutes, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

"You will get an alert if you were in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19".

New York just launched COVID Alert NY, an exposure app that will alert you if you were in contact with someone who has COVID. The app will never track your location & is completely anonymous. It uses bluetooth technology to send proximity to another phone with the same app, but not geographic location. Protect your community, yourself & your privacy. As of 2:15 p.m. Thursday, more than 15,000 people had downloaded New Jersey's app.

"Over the course of our public health emergency, we've called for a shared sense of personal responsibility to support our contact tracing efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19", Murphy said in a statement. The app alert won't inform the user when or where they were exposed to the virus.

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The association is "totally on board" with calls from the OHA to apply stricter measures to Toronto, the GTA and Ottawa, she said. He noted the virus is presenting itself differently now and presenting itself differently across the province.

State officials are hoping the app will help with contact tracting, and reduce the risk of infecting family, friends and co-workers, by allowing people to quarantine immediately once they are notified of an exposure through the app.

In a press conference call today, Governor Cuomo said he believes the app is the first of its kind in the nation. He and Governor Cuomo joined Pennsylvania and DE in creating a regional COVID Alert app network that operates across state lines.

The governor's office says the technology has been thoroughly vetted by security officials and is meant to take contact tracing to the next level while also giving New Yorkers peace of mind. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the federal government picked up the cost.

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