Pennsylvania launches contact tracing app built on Apple and Google tech
What you need to know
- Pennsylvania has launched its own contact tracing app.
- COVID Alert PA is built on Apple and Google's Exposure Notification technology.
- The app does not track your location or collect your personal information.
In a press release on its government website, Pennsylvania has officially rolled out COVID Alert PA, its COVID-19 contact tracing app built on the Exposure Notification technology developed by Apple and Google
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf says that the pandemic has proven that the state is most successful when everyone is working together to fight against the coronavirus and believes that the COVID Alert PA app will help everyone do their part.
Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania's Secretary of the Department of Health, encouraged all citizens of the state to download the app so that everyone could more quickly respond to anyone who has been exposed to the virus.
Dr. Levine stressed that the app, since it uses Apple and Google's technology, does not track your location or collect any of your personal information.
The COVID Alert PA app is available now for free from Apple's App Store (opens in new tab) and the Google Play Store (opens in new tab). So far, the app has gathered almost 30,000 users. You can learn more through the COVID Alert PA website as well as the video below:
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