Reuters reports that North Dakota, Wyoming, and Alabama will all launch COVID19 exposure notification/contact tracing apps to help users identify if they’ve been exposed to COVID19.
Virginia last week became the first state to launch an app using the Apple and Google API which has seen 316,000 downloads according to a state health official who spoke to Reuters. North Dakota launched its app called Care19 Alert on Thursday, while Wyoming will release it on Friday followed by Alabama on Monday.
All of the apps will use Apple and Google’s COVID19 API which uses Bluetooth technology to track via an anonymous list if a user has come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID19. The technology has been implemented in a number of other countries, with the UK just recently moving forward with testing on its 2nd version of an app using the Silicon Valley technology.