LA County Coronavirus Contact Tracing App
Los Angeles County, LA City and Citizen have teamed up to develop SafePass, a mobile app that provides COVID-19 contact tracking capabilities for the county’s 10 million residents. Public health officials consider wearing face covering, physical distancing, contact tracing and testing to be critical to slowing the coronavirus and protecting vulnerable people from the deadly disease.
SafePass enables users to self-report their symptoms for COVID-19 and receive notifications and alerts directly from the Los Angeles County Department of Health. All contact tracking data is anonymous, private, encrypted and will be deleted by Citizen after 30 days.
County residents are encouraged to download the app to expand local efforts to track COVID-19 in LA County. After three months of testing with more than 700,000 users, SafePass was recently made available to users in the United States.
Using Bluetooth technology and anonymized data, SafePass tracks all close contacts with other users and alerts them to potential threats. All users who have meaningful contact with another user who later tests positive for COVID-19 will receive a notification to be tested. The app also gives eligible users instant access to a free home testing kit for those who have been notified of exposure through the app, and provides up-to-date information on all active testing locations in Los Angeles County (for terms and conditions see Citizens / Testing). You can find more information about SafePass at bürger.com / safepass.
This press release was produced by the City of Malibu. The views expressed here are the author’s own.
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