The exposure notification API developed by Apple and Google is slowly being adopted by public health agencies worldwide. And now North Dakota, Wyoming and Alabama have just announced that they are launching new apps with Exposure Notifications to alert users and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum pointed out that the state was the first in the United States to offer a tracking app, and that they are also the first state to operate the National Key Server.
“Care19 Alert is a powerful tool in the fight against COVID-19 and another example of how we embrace technology and innovation to save lives and livelihoods. North Dakota was the first state to launch a contact tracking app, and now we are the first state to connect an exposure notification system with the National Key Server, which allows Care19 Alert to work with similar apps in other states. This makes Care19 Alert an important resource in keeping schools and businesses open while protecting personal privacy. “
The North Dakota Care19 app is now available in the App Store for iOS users and also in the Play Store for Android users. According to Reuters, Wyoming’s app tracking app will be available this Friday, while the Alabama’s app is expected to be available Monday.
The exposure message API uses Bluetooth technology to exchange random identifiers with nearby phones. Users will be notified if they have been near anyone who tested positive for COVID-19. This process requires an app from public health agencies installed on iPhone or Android device.
If someone tests positive for COVID-19, they can voluntarily report the positive test to the application for exposure to their region. The process is completely anonymous and voluntary.
The COVID-19 Exposure Notification API was recently adopted by Canada and Brazil, while the US takes a state-by-state approach to launching COVID-19 contact tracking apps – with Virginia as the first state in the US to launch an app with it official COVID-19 tracking API.
Read more about how Apple and Google’s exposure notification API work here 9to5Mac.
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