States across the country continue to launch apps that are aimed at alerting residents via their smartphones when they’ve come into contact with others who are positive for COVID-19.
The latest state to do so was Washington, which launched its statewide COVID-19 exposure app, WA Notify, Nov. 30. With the launch of this app, Washington joins a growing list that includes Michigan, Colorado, Delaware and others. All of these apps are relatively simple, and they function much the same way: they are anonymous, no-cost and voluntary, asking users to submit positive test results into apps, subsequently sending alerts to anyone who may have been in their proximity. The number of states now offering this to residents has topped a dozen, with more states — specifically Oregon and California — poised to join the list soon.
In addition to more states launching these apps, download rates are also increasing in many