The federal government has announced this morning COVID Alert for iOS and Android is now supported in New Brunswick and Saskatchewan.
The additional support by these two provinces means those with positive COVID-19 tests can report their diagnosis anonymously within the app, which utilizes the Exposure Notification framework from Apple and Google.
COVID Alert uses anonymous Bluetooth “handshakes” in the background on iPhone and Android smartphones, does not use GPS or share any other personal information. The app has been supported and approved by federal and provincial privacy commissioners.
Hey, New Brunswickers and Saskatchewanians! You’ve been washing your hands, keeping two metres apart, and wearing your masks – and now there’s another tool you can use to protect yourself, your loved ones, and our front line workers: the COVID Alert app is available today.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) September 18, 2020
With the launch of COVID Alert in New Brunswick and Saskatchewan, the debut joins Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador in supporting the federal exposure notification app. The Canadian military has also been urged to download COVID Alert, which still works even if your local health authority doesn’t support it.
…more to follow