Pennsylvania to roll out app tracing spread of COVID-19

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The app will notify the user if they were in close proximity to someone who tested positive.

“And remember, close proximity is defined as being within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more,” Levine said. 

For example, you’re waiting in line somewhere and you don’t know the people around you, but if one of those people tests positive, you’ll get an alert that you may have been exposed.

She said the app, which will roll out next month, does not replace contact tracers but instead enhances their work.

And she said the app does not use location services, so people aren’t tracked. 

“This app uses Bluetooth technology to let a person know that they have been exposed to COVID-19,” she explained. 

All data is anonymous and the app's use is voluntary.

“The more people who have the app, the more effective it will be,” Levine said.