Nova Scotians can now receive COVID-19 exposure alerts on their smartphones when using Health Canada’s free COVID Alert App.
“I would encourage Nova Scotians who are able, to download and use COVID Alert as one measure to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our province,” said Dr. Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health.
COVID Alert is available for download through the Apple and Google Play app stores. The app communicates using Bluetooth with nearby phones which have the app installed as well. Users who tests positive for COVID-19, are given a unique code by the Nova Scotia Health Authority to input into COVID Alert.
“Nova Scotians are reminded that they should continue to follow all public health measures in place, regardless if they use the COVID Alert app,” said Dr. Strang.
Any other user with the app, that was within two metres for at least 15 minutes of the infected person’s phone, receives a notification that they may have been exposed to COVID 19.
Users will receive guidance like monitor for symptoms, take the online self-assessment if they begin to feel unwell and more information about what to do next.
According to the Nova Scotia Government, the COVID Alert does not collect personal or health information and does not know or track the location, name, or contacts of any user.
“As a province we have all shown a steadfast commitment to flattening the curve and keeping COVID activity low,” said Premier Stephen McNeil.
“As we learn to live with the virus, COVID Alert is another tool that will help keep ourselves and our communities safe and healthy.”