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A new smartphone app designed to tell you if you’ve been exposed to Covid-19 will soon be available formally in Oregon.  Oregon, Washington, and several other states are already using the app, and the Oregon Health Authority says Apple accidentally turned the app on for our state before OSU finished testing it out … but it’s expected to be released sometime this month.  Apple and Google partnered to develop the app.  It uses Bluetooth technology to notify app users if they’ve been exposed to Covid.  Users anonymously input if they’ve tested positive and - without sharing any personal information or location data - the info is sent to all possible contacts.  Participation is entirely voluntary, and anyone with a smart phone who wants to use the app will be able to enable the exposure notifications feature already in their phone settings.  Health officials in the state are hoping the notification system will help more of us who’ve been exposed, to quarantine …  to help stop the spread of the virus.

 

 

 

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