ALBANY, N.Y. – New York State has released a mobile app that will alert people if they were in close contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus.
The app, called COVID Alert NY, is voluntary and anonymous, according to the state.
State officials are hoping the app will help with contact tracting, and reduce the risk of infecting family, friends and co-workers, by allowing people to quarantine immediately once they are notified of an exposure through the app.
#BREAKING: New York just launched COVID Alert NY, an exposure app that will alert you if you were in contact with someone who has COVID.
The app will never track your location & is completely anonymous.
Protect your community, yourself & your privacy. Download the app today ⬇️
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) October 1, 2020
The usefulness of the app will depend on how many people download it. The state says the more people who use the app, the more effective it will be.
To download the app, click here.