Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of the free and voluntary COVID Alert NY during a teleconference Thursday.
The app uses Bluetooth technology to sense anyone with coronavirus within six feet of the subscriber for more than 10 minutes and then sends an anonymous alert to the user. When the app senses a close contact, it exchanges a secure random code with that person's phone.
New Jersey is also using the app which will not record any identifying data.
COVID Alert NJ provides users with up-to-date information on reopening news, COVID-19 metrics, and a symptom tracking tool.
The more people download the app, the more effective it will be, said Cuomo. Contact tracers will be asking anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 to consider downloading the service.
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