COVID Alert App Updated to Notify of Multiple Exposures to COVID-19

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Canada’s COVID Alert app for iOS and Android has been updated to now inform users when they are exposed multiple times to COVID-19.

According to the federal government’s Canadian Digital Service (CDS), they explain “you’re now able to see if you’ve received multiple exposure notifications around the same time. If you do get multiple notifications, you’ll see dates for each.”

CDS says if you are notified of an exposure, and the app shows you’re in an exposed state—you can still get another exposure notification if applicable.

For example, “If you get a notification on the 20th & tested on the 21st, that exposure has been accounted for,” says CDS.

“If you’re exposed after the 21st & get another notification on the 23rd, you’ll now see this as a new date in your app, and can take further action,” added CDS on Twitter.

Prior to this update, the app would not inform people about second exposures, but now it’s available.

This latest feature is available in version 1.1.8 (221) of COVID Alert for iOS and Android.

Canada’s COVID Alert app is based on Google and Apple’s exposure notification framework, which leverages Bluetooth on devices for anonymous “handshakes” in the background. The app does not use GPS info or collect any user data. It has been vetted as safe by Canada’s privacy commissioner and provincial counterparts.

When someone tests positive for COVID-19, they can anonymously alert others that may have been in contact using COVID Alert, by obtaining a one-time-use key from their provincial health authority.

Provinces currently supporting COVID Alert:

  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Ontario
  • Quebec
  • Saskatchewan
  • Nova Scotia
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Northwest Territories

Still waiting for:

  • Alberta (SHAME!)
  • British Columbia (SHAME!)
  • Nunavut
  • Yukon

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As of January 17, COVID Alert has been downloaded 6.07 million times, with 16,184 people voluntarily entering in one-time keys, according to the federal government.

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