Recently, NY State launched a a new mobile contact tracing app for smartphones, called COVID Alert NY, that notifies users of potential COVID-19 exposure.
Users of the app receive an alert if they have been in close contact – within six feet for at least ten minutes – with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The app measures proximity but not geographic location, so COVID Alert is completely anonymous and does not track or collect any personal or location data from phones. The app enables individuals to quickly make a plan to stay safe upon learning of a potential exposure while maintaining individual privacy and security.
You can learn more about COVID Alert NY by reading COVID Alert NY: What You Need to Know.
This free app, which is available to anyone 18 or older who lives, works, or attends college in New York or New Jersey, is available in multiple languages and can be downloaded from the Google Play or Apple App Store. It is an innovative tool that will help people protect themselves from the virus and strengthen contact tracing programs statewide.
Please consider using this app to help try and prevent the spread of this virus. The more people who use it, the more effective it will be.
Be well and stay safe.
By the Office of Human Resources