New app alerts New Yorkers if they’re near someone with COVID-19

New app alerts New Yorkers if they’re near someone with COVID-19

There really is an app for everything.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced a new smartphone app that can alert residents of New York and four other states if they’ve come in contact with someone who’s tested positive for the coronavirus.

“What this app will do is it will tell you if you are within six feet of a person who tested positive, and if you were within six feet of a person who tested positive for 10 minutes,” said Cuomo during a phone press conference, of the free program, called “COVID Alert.”

The app works in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

“The way it will work is when a person tests positive, the Department of Health contacts that person, asks that person if they have an iPhone, gives that person a password, that person types in their password for their phone and then any other phone that comes within six feet of that phone is on the app,” said Cuomo.

The app is also available for Android phones.

The governor stressed that privacy is paramount, and that no names or other personally-identifying information are involved.

“I think it’s going to not only bring contact tracing to a new level, but give people comfort,” he said.

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