What you need to know
- Virginia has released its COVIDWISE exposure notification app.
- It is the first app powered by Apple and Google's API to be released in the U.S.
- It can notify you if you've been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Virginia has today become the first U.S. state to release a COVID-19 exposure notification app powered by Apple and Google's contact tracing API.
Available now on both the App Store (opens in new tab) and Google Play Store (opens in new tab), COVIDWISE is the official COVID-19 exposure notification app for the Commonwealth of Virginia's Department of Health.
As per Apple and Google's API, it will use Bluetooth Low Energy to determine when a user has had contact with a person who has tested positive for the virus. You can find out more about exposure notification and how it works in our FAQ guide.
FAQ: What is the Google-Apple COVID-19 (coronavirus) Exposure Notifications system?
Users simply have to download the app and opt-in to the notification system:
BLE technology ensures the app won't drain your phone's battery too much. According to the VDH website, the app will download a list of anonymous tokens on a daily basis, associated with positive COVID-19 cases, checking them against the list of anonymous tokens you have encountered in the past two weeks. If any of them match, it means that someone you've been in contact with has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last two weeks. The app will notify users with further instructions accordingly.
The department notes:
The Department has its own comprehensive set of FAQs covering questions around the app's functionality, use, submitting positive tests, personal information and privacy, and more.
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Here we go. Give more of our freedom away to "stop the spread". What a joke. I'm all for wearing masks, staying home, or whatever else. But this is a step too far. Tattle telling in app form. Lol. Knock yourselves out
Did you actually read the process? Not sure what freedom you are giving up for this. It doesn't know who you are, and doesn't track you explicitly. It is sort of Tile for people. It only tells you that you were in close proximity to someone who has self identified as being positive in the last two weeks. If I wanted to infringe on your freedom, I would just need to ask the cell company where you are right now. Now that that is over, was going to say, Virginia is a good place to start, since Virginia is for lovers. Contact tracing is essential there ;)
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