CT App Aids COVID Contact Tracing

Since March, Connecticut residents have primarily learned of possible exposure to someone with COVID-19 by phone calls and word of mouth.

Now there’s a third: a smartphone app.

“COVID Alert CT” is completely confidential. No personal information is shared. And it’s free, for Apple and Android users.

After downloading (click here), Bluetooth senses whether your device has been within 6 feet — for 15 minutes or more in one day — of someone who tested positive for the coronavirus.

If so — and that infected person is also using the app on their personal device — an alert is triggered.

A notification is not triggered if 2 devices pass by for a short duration, or stay more than 6 feet away from each other.

If a user tests positive, a contact tracer from the Connecticut Department of Public Health, their local health department or their higher education institution will ask if they are willing to share the “close contact” codes their app has logged while they may have been contagious.

If the user agrees, a contract tracer will provide them with a verification code.
Once that code is submitted through the app, those individuals who came within 6 feet of that user for more than 15 minutes and who also are using the app will receive a notification on their device that they were in close contact with someone with COVID-19.

Sharing this status is secure and private. The app will never reveal who the user is to anyone else.

5 responses to “CT App Aids COVID Contact Tracing

  1. Cristina Negrin

    I loaded Covid Alert MI a couple of weeks ago. I’ve seen no notifications yet! 😀

  2. Michael Vitelli

    No app to download on Apple iPhone, but you must have latest iOS software 14.2.

    Then you will see “exposure notifications “ in Settings

  3. John J Horrigan

    will only work if the other person has the app downloaded, active and bluetooth turned on and then tests positive..might also work retroactively using google locations but once again if the person is not tested or found active and reported it won’t work not magic

  4. Somewhat confusing to call it an App. An important note- it also requires you keep your Bluetooth on at all times to work at all.