Federally-backed COVID alert app is now available in Ontario

Joanna Estrada
August 1, 2020

The app is not mandatory for Canadians, and can be downloaded voluntarily from Google's Play Store and Apple's App Store.

In the update, Burke notes that the company expects "to see the first et of these apps roll out in the coming weeks" in the USA, which may be a tacit response to some critics who have pointed out that we haven't seen much in the way of actual products being built on the technology that was launched in May.

This app, which is available beginning today, lets users know if they may have been exposed to the virus.

The app is completely voluntary, and will notify you if you have come into contact with someone who has now tested positive for the virus.

Residents of Ontario can download a new app that can tell them whether they have been around someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 over the previous two weeks.

"We expect they'll be coming on board soon as well".

Alphabet Inc's Google said on Friday that 20 US states and territories, representing about 45% of the country's population, are "exploring" contact tracing apps for the novel coronavirus using a tool it developed with Apple Inc.

BlackBerry did a security review before the app was launched. You'll get a notification if a code you got matches one of the positive codes.

The app is created to be fully effective if people have already been using it for at least two weeks before they test positive for COVID-19. The app puts the onus on positive cases to enter in the code they receive from public health, rather than having the health authorities report that data on their behalf. The more people who download the app, the more effective it will be in stopping the spread of COVID-19. COVID Alert collects no location information or personally identifiable data, and was built by Health Canada with the Canadian Digital Service. It has also bee backed by the federal government.

"Built with a privacy-first approach, COVID Alert is a safe and easy-to-use tool that Ontarians can download to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community from COVID-19", said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.

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