New York unveils mobile contact tracing app

Updated: October 01, 2020 05:12 PM
Created: October 01, 2020 01:27 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — New York state has released a new app that will alert you if you are within 6 feet of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, and if you were around that person for 10 or more minutes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday. 

The COVID Alert NY app uses Bluetooth technology and does not track GPS coordinates. It also does not collect personal information, according to state officials.

It will also work with apps designed for residents of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Connecticut.

"That person types in their password for their phone and then any other phone that comes within six feet of that phone is on the app," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "It doesn't give names, it doesn't give any privacy information."

The app cost approximately $700,000 to develop and was paid for by the federal government and the Bloomberg Philanthropy foundation.

Downloading it is voluntary. Click here for more information about how the exposure notification system works and how users' identities are protected.

The free app is available on Apple and Android devices. You can download the app here.

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