What you need to know
- California is rolling out its own contact tracing app built on Apple and Google's technology.
- The CA Notify app will be available to download on Thursday, December 10.
Update, December 10 (10:00 pm ET): iPhone users can now enable exposure notifications in California.
Reported by TechCrunch, California has officially launched its own COVID-19 contact tracing app statewide. The CA Notify app, which was on a pilot program last month, will be available for all residents in the state to download on Thursday, December 10, according to Governor Gavin Newsom.
The app uses the Exposure Notification technology developed by Apple and Google, which uses Bluetooth instead of GPS to determine if you have been potentially exposed to someone who has reported themselves as testing positive for COVID-19.
Like the other contact tracing apps using Apple and Google's technology, it does not ask that users provide any personal information.
Users should expect to see the CA Notify app in the App Store on Thursday.
Update, December 10 (10:00 pm ET) — iPhone users can now enable exposure notifications in California.
California has finally rolled out its COVID-19 contact tracing technology called CA Notify. Instead of releasing an app, iPhone users can enable exposure notifications directly through their iPhone's Settings app:
- Update your iOS to version 13.7 or later
- Go into settings
- Scroll down to Exposure Notifications
- Turn on Exposure Notifications
- Select United States> California
As explained on the CA Notify website, turning on exposure notifications and keeping Bluetooth on is all you need to do.
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