NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York, together with different states within the Northeast, are taking the monitoring of coronavirus instances to a brand new stage.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced Thursday the state has created a brand new tracing app that can notify residents once they have are available contact with somebody who has examined optimistic.
The app, referred to as COVID Alert NY, is free and is now accessible on Apple and Android gadgets.
“(The app) will inform you in the event you have been inside six ft of an individual who examined optimistic and in the event you have been inside six ft of an individual who examined optimistic for 10 minutes,” Cuomo mentioned. “It is going to inform you in the event you’re in touch with a COVID-positive individual.”
#BREAKING: New York simply launched COVID Alert NY, an publicity app that can provide you with a warning in the event you have been in touch with somebody who has COVID.
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— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) October 1, 2020
The governor mentioned Larry Schwartz, one in all his former secretaries and at present a member of the state COVID-19 Process Drive, labored with Bloomberg Philanthropies, Google, Apple, and different corporations on the know-how.
“As you already know, testing is simply pretty much as good as your contact tracing, proper? Testing is to establish an individual. So you possibly can isolate and quarantine that individual after which discover the connections from that individual. And that’s contact tracing. We’ve about 15,000 individuals statewide who do contact tracing-equivalent illness detectives, however we’ve been searching for a technology-based answer,” Cuomo mentioned.
Clearly, monitoring COVID-19 instances is a two-way road. The governor mentioned when somebody assessments optimistic the Division of Well being will ship them a password that can register them throughout the app. Then, different telephones which have downloaded the app might be notified once they come inside six ft of the contaminated individual’s cellphone.
Cuomo mentioned the app works off cellphone information, however emphasised to these with privateness considerations that it “doesn’t give names, doesn’t give any privateness info.”
“It’s fully confidential. We don’t acquire any information. We don’t observe individuals … It’s fully a voluntary program,” Schwartz mentioned, including the app is suitable with prime six languages spoken within the state.
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— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) October 1, 2020
New Jersey introduced it, too, is utilizing the identical know-how. The app is anticipated to quickly be accessible in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Connecticut.
“Over the course of our public well being emergency, we’ve referred to as for a shared sense of private accountability to help our contact tracing efforts to gradual the unfold of COVID-19,” Gov. Phil Murphy mentioned. “With the launch of COVID Alert NJ and our regional app community, New Jerseyans and residents in our neighboring states can help our struggle in opposition to COVID-19 just by downloading an software on their cellphone. The app is free and safe, and your identification, personally figuring out info, and placement won’t ever be collected. The extra telephones which have the app, the higher we will struggle this pandemic.”
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