On Tuesday, Governor John Carney, the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, and the Delaware Department of Technology and Information launched COVID Alert DE.
COVID Alert DE is a free mobile app that will help Delaware fight community spread of COVID-19. The app is available to anyone 18 or older who lives, works, or attends college in Delaware and uses Bluetooth technology from Google and Apple to securely and anonymously alert users who have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
“This app is an important tool to help Delawareans understand the risks of COVID-19, and to help fight community spread of this virus,” said Governor Carney. “Knowing you’ve had a potential exposure and taking the basic precautions is the best way to protect your most vulnerable family members, friends, and neighbors who are at risk of serious illness. I would encourage all Delawareans to download this app and help in our fight against COVID-19.”
The app is available in the App Store and Google Play Store and does not collect or share personal information that can identify users. The app also does not use GPS location data to detect the location of users or track movements. We’re told the app uses Bluetooth Low Energy technology, which allows phones with the app to recognize when it is near other phones also running the app.
Delaware residents identified as close contacts of positive cases may receive an alert from the app in addition to outreach from the Division of Public Health’s contact tracing team.