COVID Alert Pa
As the college continues its COVID–19 mitigation efforts, we are pleased to share with you an additional tool that is available to aid our efforts against this disease. Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) launched the COVID Alert PA app. This free mobile app is designed to help reduce the spread of the disease. It is an alert system that can quickly notify people who may have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID–19. The app is anonymous; it does not enable any location or tracking services. According to the DOH’s website, the app works as follows:
The app uses Exposure Notification System technology developed by Apple and Google. If an app user is too close for too long to someone (who also uses the app on their phone) who later receives a positive COVID–19 diagnosis, this individual will receive a call from the Department of Health or County or Municipal Health Department within 24–72 hours. A public health representative will ask if the positive COVID–19 individual is willing to accept a six-digit validation code from the DOH. If the individual agrees and enters the six-digit code in the app, this individual will be given the option to upload the last 14 days of random Bluetooth interactions with other app users who have been in close contact (for example, within six feet for more than 15 minutes) with this individual. If there is a match, then the app will notify the necessary individuals to let them know they came in close contact with someone who was diagnosed with COVID–19. This is called an Exposure Alert or a Close Contact Alert. The app never collects or reveals the identity of any person using the app, and never reveals who has been diagnosed as positive for COVID–19. For more information, we recommend watching this video.
We are encouraging students, faculty, administrators and staff to download this free app to your phones. Doing so will expand our capacity to receive exposure alerts without compromising your privacy or personal information. You can download this app by searching “COVID alert” or “COVID PA” in your Apple App Store or Google play store.
Additional information on the app may be found via COVID Alert PA FAQ.
Thank you for supporting CCAC’s mitigation efforts.
Dr. Charlene Newkirk
Southeast Region President
Dr. Evon Walters
Northwest Region President