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More than 230,000 Minnesotans using COVID exposure notification app


ST. PAUL, MN-- According to Governor Tim Walz's office, more than 230,000 Minnesotans have downloaded the COVID-19 exposure app, "COVIDaware MN."

The smart phone app was release on November 23.

Within two days, it was the third most popular utilities app in the iPhone App Store.

“Every community is safer when we collectively take steps to care for each other during this pandemic,” said Walz. “Strong adoption of this important tool will make sure Minnesotans have as much information about potential exposure as possible so they can help protect the people around them, even those they don’t know.”

Continued growth and adoption is expected as COVIDaware MN’s partners encourage Minnesotans to use the exposure notification technology.

Wednesday, Google will send push notifications to Android users to let them know that Minnesota has an exposure notification app available for them to download.

Minnesotans can download the app by clicking the link below.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP)--Gov. Tim Walz plans to unveil new technology designed to help slow the spread of COVID-19, which has been surging across Minnesota.

COVIDaware MN is an application for your smartphone device that uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to notify you if you have been exposed to COVID-19.

Apparently, your phone remembers other devices it meets, but won’t identify you to anyone, therefore, once you opt-in to the notification system, the app will generate an anonymous key for your phone—the key is a random number.

On a daily basis, your phone downloads a list of all the anonymous keys associated with positive COVID-19 cases and checks them against the list of random keys your phone has encountered in the last 14 days.

If there’s a match, the app will notify you about what you need to do to keep you and the people around you safe.

Minnesota currently ranks sixth in the country for new COVID-19 cases per capita. One in every 120 people in Minnesota tested positive in the past week.

State health officials reported more than 7,200 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, and an additional 40 deaths.

Gov. Walz is expected to hold a media briefing on the new app Monday at 12:30 p.m.

To download the app. click here.

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