50,000 residents download Pennsylvania’s covid app in 24 hours

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By: Teghan Simonton

Pennsylvania’s new covid-19 contact tracing app has been downloaded by 50,000 people, Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said Wednesday. The mobile app, COVID Alert PA, was announced in August and officially launched Tuesday.

The app notifies users if they have been exposed to covid-19 using Bluetooth technology. Without tracking identity or location, it measures time and distance between users, notifying them if they’ve come in close contact with someone who has later tested positive for the coronavirus.

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