COVID-19 continues to decimate our communities. One of the best things we can do to slow the spread is to understand who has the virus and isolate them and anyone they’ve come into close contact with until they are safe.
Fortunately, the Washington State Department of Health has released a smartphone app, called WA Notify, that helps us do just do that. It alerts users if they may have come in contact with someone with COVID-19. When you get alerted, you can help keep your family and community safe by quarantining and getting tested. The tool is only available for Washington State residents, but other similar tools are available in other states.
From Washington State Department of Health:
When you enable WA Notify, your phone exchanges random, anonymous codes with the phones of people you are near who have also enabled WA Notify. The app uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to exchange these random codes without revealing any information about you. If another WA Notify user you’ve been near in the last two weeks later tests positive for COVID-19 and adds their verification code to the app, you’ll get an anonymous notification that you’ve had a possible exposure. This lets you get the care you need quickly and helps prevent you from spreading COVID-19 to the people around you.
Click the button below to get more information on this new tool and to learn how to download the app.