New York unveils new COVID-19 alert app

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New York officials on Thursday unveiled a smartphone app that can alert users if they are within six feet of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.The app sends an alert if a person has been around a COVID-19 positive person who also has the app on their phone.

The app, called COVID Alert, is also available in neighboring states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania as well as Delaware and soon Connecticut.

Personal user data is not collected by the app, which is available for Apple and Android devices.

“This preserves your privacy and no personal information will be collected,” said Larry Schwartz, longtime adviser to Governor Andrew Cuomo who worked on the development of the app.

New York’s positive COVID-19 rate over the past 24 hours stands at 1.2%, as case hot spots have been discovered in Brooklyn as well as Orange and Rockland counties.

Eleven people died from the virus on the last day and 612 people were hospitalized, a steady increase last week.



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