ALBANY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — On Thursday during a phone conference with the media, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new app was launching on Thursday to help with contact tracing throughout the state.
Right now, the state has 15,000 people who do contact tracing throughout the state. Now, if a person has downloaded the COVID Alert NY app, they will be notified if they were within six feet of someone who has tested positive for a duration of 10 minutes or more.
But how does it work? After someone from the Department of Health contacts someone who has tested positive, they will offer up a password for the app. The person then types in the password into the app on their phone, and when that phone comes into contact with another phone that has the app downloaded, that person will receive an alert. Participation is voluntary and no data is collected. The app uses bluetooth technology to locate phones with the app.
“It’s a great tool to alert you if you happen to be within six feet of a person who tests positive,” Cuomo said of the app.
State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras on SUNY’s involvement in the app development:
“All of SUNY fully supports the COVID Alert NY app as yet another tool to utilize in our continuing fight to contain the COVID virus on our campuses. University at Albany, SUNY Oswego, and SUNY Plattsburgh were proud to participate in the development and testing of this innovative app that shares clear and concise data in real time, and will provide our students, staff, and faculty with the valuable information they need to stay informed, protected, and ultimately help keep all our campuses open. As always, SUNY stands ready to help battle COVID be it developing nation-leading saliva testing, producing tens of thousands of face shields, or graduating healthcare heroes who have worked on the frontlines in our hospitals.”
The app is ADA compliant and available in the top six languages spoken in New York State.
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