HARRISBURG – Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine on Monday encouraged residents to join the more than 322,000 Pennsylvanians who have downloaded the COVID Alert PA mobile app.
“I am encouraging everyone to wear a mask, practice social distancing and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer on a regular basis,” Levine said.
“I also urge every Pennsylvanian to download the COVID Alert PA so you can get a notification if you have been in close contact with someone who later tests positive for COVID-19, or anonymously notify other residents if you yourself test positive.
“We all play a part in stopping the spread of this virus, and by uniting together, we can all make a difference.”
COVID Alert PA is a free and voluntary mobile app developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health in partnership with NearForm, University of Pennsylvania and MIT Lincoln Laboratory using Apple and Google’s Exposure Notification System.
The app’s features include an interactive COVID-19 symptom check-in, alerts for potential exposures to the virus, updates on the latest public health data about COVID-19 in PA and public health guidance for what to do if you have a potential exposure to COVID-19.
The app is designed to ensure privacy of the user, Levine said, and does not use GPS, location services or any movement or geographical information.
“It will never collect, transmit or store personal information. It is completely anonymous,” Levine noted.