COVID-19 Alert App now available in Manitoba

Joanna Estrada
October 1, 2020

Gov. Cuomo also announced the launch of "COVID Alert NY" - an app that will alert users if they were in contact with someone who has COVID-19.

The app doesn't use Global Positioning System to track users' locations, and it won't access users' names, addresses, phone contacts or health information, it says.

"The COVID Alert app is an additional measure to help inform Manitobans and Canadians and limit the spread of COVID-19 in our communities".

"It's using technology on a level it's never been used before", Cuomo said in a telephone press briefing.

In addition to Manitoba, the COVID Alert app is now active in Ontario, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador. "Download the app today".

Earlier this week, Manitoba Health Minister Cameron Friesen said the app doesn't replace the province's contact tracing. No names are associated with the program. If a person tests positive, the Department of Health contacts them and gives them a password that they can enter into the app that will then alert people moving forward. The DOH will also ask the positive person if he or she is willing to share their app's list of close contacts to alert those they've been in contact with previously. Knowing about a potential exposure allows you to self-quarantine immediately, get tested and reduce the potential exposure risk to your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and others. But he urged Manitobans to sign up, and said the app needs large-scale public buy-in if it's going to be effective. Cuomo said the app will also be available for residents of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and CT. CT will be online soon, Cuomo said, and the technology will be made available to any other state interested.

The governor's office says the technology has been thoroughly vetted by security officials and is meant to take contact tracing to the next level while also giving New Yorkers peace of mind. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the federal government picked up the cost.

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