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Sewickley Borough News

Posted on: October 1, 2020

Add Your Phone to the COVID Fight!

COVID AlertPA Logo from PA Dept. of Community and Economic Development

COVID Alert PA is the official Pennsylvania Exposure Notification System (ENS) app created by the PA Department of Health in partnership with Google and Apple.

Download the COVID Alert PA app and add your phone to the fight against COVID.

  • The free smartphone app is available for download on the Google Play and the Apple App Store
  • After downloading the COVID Alert  PA app, you will be able to use your phone in the fight against COVID and get exposure alerts, without compromising your privacy or personal information.
  • Downloading the app is voluntary, but the more Pennsylvanians that use the app, the more successful our efforts will be to stop the spread of COVID-19.

COVID  Alert PA protects your privacy and personal information.

  • The app does not use GPS, location services, or any movement or geographical information.
  • The app will never collect, transmit, or store your personal information and is completely anonymous.
  • It uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to estimate proximity to other phones with enabled Exposure Notification Service (ENS) technology developed by Apple and Google.  This is the same technology that your phone uses to connect to wireless headphones or your car.
  • COVID Alert PA works by using random Bluetooth keys that change every 10-20 minutes.  Phones with the app will anonymously share these random keys if they are within 6 feet of each other for 15 minutes or more.
  • When a user confirms positive COVID-19 test results in the app, the app on your phone will check to see if it matches any of the random Bluetooth keys your phone has been close to over the last 14 days.
  • If there is a match, COVID Alert PA may send you an alert after taking into account the date, duration of exposure, and the Bluetooth signal strength (which is used to estimate how close you were to the person with the positive test result).

COVID Alert PA helps you get timely updates on COVID-19.

  • Getting an alert through the app helps you know if you had a potential exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
  • It can help you determine when to get testing, reducing your risk of spreading the virus to your friends, family and larger community.
  • COVID Alert PA will also give you the latest information on COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, pulling the latest data from the PA Department of Health's data dashboard.

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