Pennsylvania launches COVID-19 exposure notification app

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By NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

HARRISBURG, Pa - The Wolf administration has launched a new COVID-19 exposure notification app.

Governor Tom Wolf and Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine made the announcement of the COVID Alert PA app on Tuesday and hope it can be used to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

“The last seven months have shown that we are most successful when we unite against COVID-19 and work together for the common good, and I am proud to be here with Dr. Levine to announce an important new technology that will allow us to do just that,” Gov. Wolf said. “Today, we are launching the COVID Alert PA mobile app. This app is a simple tool you can use to help fight COVID-19 every day, everywhere you go. I encourage you to visit your app store and download it for free today.”

According to information released by the administration, the app is built on Exposure Notification System technology from Apply and Google. It measures proximity to other phones via Bluetooth and will alert users if they've been in close proximity to other users who have tested positive for COVID-19.

“We all play a part in stopping the spread of COVID-19, which is why I am encouraging every Pennsylvanian to add their phone to the fight and download COVID Alert PA today,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “By utilizing this technology, we can quickly notify more people who have been exposed to COVID-19. This innovative solution will enhance our COVID-19 response and give residents another tool to stay calm, stay alert and stay safe all in the palm of their hands.”

The administration says the app is designed to be anonymous and does not track users or enable location services on their devices.

The app, which is free, is available in the Apple App store or the Google Play store.

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