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PA planning launch of coronavirus exposure-notification app

Harrisburg, PA (AP) — Pennsylvania plans to launch a coronavirus exposure-notification app in early September in an effort to more quickly break chains of transmission by using the new technology to notify people who may have been exposed.

Officials told The Associated Press on Monday that the app was developed by NearForm Ltd, the Ireland-based company whose app there has been downloaded by more than one-fourth of that country’s residents.

The app is based on smartphone technology developed by Apple and Google, and will undergo a pilot project next week, using state government employees and public health students, staff and faculty.

Its use will be limited to people 18 and over.

In the daily COVID-19 update, PA Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine spoke in part about the new upcoming app.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=2758076971178394

 

August 18 COVID-19 Update

Join us as we provide an update on COVID-19 in Pennsylvania.

Posted by Pennsylvania Department of Health on Tuesday, August 18, 2020

 

August 18 COVID-19 Update

Join us as we provide an update on COVID-19 in Pennsylvania.

Posted by Pennsylvania Department of Health on Tuesday, August 18, 2020

 

The Covid Alert PA will not be on your phone already. The app will become available to the public in September, and you will need to opt-in and download the app if you want it.

The infrastructure the app uses, however, is already most likely on your phone. For example, both Apple and Google phones added the option for COVID-19 contact tracing through bluetooth capabilities. However, this should be already TURNED OFF by default. In order to use this capability, you would need to already have downloaded some sort of contact tracing app that would make sure of that infrastructure. It should not be able to be used without an app that you consented to and have already downloaded.