Pennsylvania launches app that notifies users of COVID-19 exposure

By KYW Newsradio 1060

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Officials in Pennsylvania are taking a digital approach when it comes to COVID-19 contact tracing. They’re asking residents to download an app to help them notify people of their potential exposure to the coronavirus.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is encouraging residents throughout the state to download COVID Alert PA, an app that he said can help streamline contact tracing.

“It's an app that uses Bluetooth technology to help identify individuals who may have been in close contact with someone else who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus,” he explained.

He said the app anonymously notifies someone of their potential exposure to the virus.

“Unlike traditional contact tracing, however, it does not require you to know the person you may have come in contact with,” Wolf said.

He said Delaware is already using the app, which makes this extra beneficial to people who may come into contact with others from different states.

“New Jersey and New York are scheduled to sign on as well, so we'll have a bigger and bigger network,” he said.

He added this is not the end of the road for Pennsylvania when it comes to contact tracing.

“We're going to continue to invest in additional resources and technology. We think that this one is a good one,” he said.

The app also has features that keep you up to date on the latest data on the pandemic.