Today, New York launched its official COVID-19 contact tracing mobile app called COVID Alert NY.
This is the official app of New York State, run by the NYS Department of Health side by side with New York’s comprehensive COVID-19 contact tracing effort. Its goal is to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 amongst NY’s diverse communities by:
- Alerting you if a sick person spends 10 mins or more within 6 feet of you because this puts you at a high risk of catching the coronavirus.
- Letting you contribute to the health and safety of your community by alerting others if you test positive, WITHOUT REVEALING YOUR IDENTITY TO ANYONE!
- Helping you handle contact with a sick person or a positive test result for COVID-19. You can choose to educate yourself using this app or to request a conversation with an experienced Health Advisor, again while fully protecting your privacy.
- Keep a private log of your own symptoms.
To stop the spread of COVID-19, New York needs each of us to do our part. Knowing about a potential exposure allows you to self-quarantine immediately, get tested, and reduce the potential exposure risk to your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and others. The more people who download COVID Alert NY, the more effective it will be.
COVID Alert NY is available to anyone 18 or older who lives, works, or attends college in New York or New Jersey–and available for download from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. COVID Alert NY is also available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Bengali, Korean, Russian and Haitian Creole.
Help us Stop the Spread of COVID-19 in New York in our beloved communities. Share this app with your friends and family so we can all be safer together.