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November 2020

COVID Alert NY App Now Available

COVID Alert NY is the official New York Exposure Notification System app created by the New York State Department of Health in partnership with Google and Apple.   This free smartphone app is now available for download for users 18+ on the Google Play and App Store. After downloading the COVID Alert NY app, you will be able to use your phone in the fight against COVID-19 and get exposure alerts, without compromising your privacy or personal information. COVID Alert NY is part of New York’s Contact Tracing Program and will enhance efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and keep New Yorkers informed.


COVID Alert NY helps you get timely updates on COVID-19. COVID Alert NY alerts users if they have come into close contact-within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, even before the app user may experience symptoms. Knowing about a potential exposure allows you to self-quarantine immediately, get tested, and reduce the potential exposure risk to your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and others. COVID Alert NY uses Bluetooth technology to estimate proximity to other phones with enabled Exposure Notification Service technology developed by Apple and Google.


COVID Alert NY protects your privacy and personal information. The app does not track your location or movement, use GPS, location services, or any movement or geographical information. The app will never collect, transmit, or store your personal information and is completely anonymous. Users must explicitly choose to turn on exposure notifications and can turn it off at any time.