Have You Downloaded Pennsylvania’s New COVID App?

According to Gov. Tom Wolf's office, the app has already been downloaded by at least 50,000.

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Want to know if you have been exposed to COVID-19? Yes, there is an app for that. The state’s new COVID Alert PA app was recently launched and Gov. Tom Wolf’s office says that within a day, it had been downloaded 50,000 times.

Without tracking identity or location, the app uses Bluetooth technology to measure time and distance between users and lets them know if they’ve come in close contact with someone who has later tested positive for COVID-19.

But the real key to the app’s effectiveness is the number of people who use it.

“I encourage all Pennsylvanians to download the app on a personal mobile device to help in the fight against COVID-19,” Wolf said in a statement. “The more people who download the app, the more effective it will be in helping to stop the spread of COVID.”

The free app is available in Google Play and Apple stores.

“Our success in overcoming the virus depends on all of us and our collective behaviors, including wearing a mask, social distancing, proper hygiene and staying home if you feel sick,” Health Secretary Rachel Levine said in a statement. “The COVID Alert PA app is an additional powerful tool that can be used on a voluntary basis to help keep yourself and those you care about safe.”

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