Here’s how the CA Notify app works, where to download, how to opt-in, and how it notifies possible exposure to COVID-19

The CA Notify is an opt-in digital tool for both iPhone and Android phones and users can select to receive notifications.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — Following the announcement by Governor Gavin Newsom to expand CA Notify statewide, the California Department of Health (CDPH) and the California Department of Technology (CDT) Thursday launched the digital tool designed to notify Californians[1] of their possible exposure to COVID-19. The free, mobile technology is now available to all Californians and can be accessed on mobile devices. 

The governor stressed that this app was created to provide exposure notifications, it is not a contact tracing app. The state, Google and Apple joined together and have been working to create the app and started a pilot program over the last couple of months.

The CA Notify app is an opt-in app and users can select to receive notifications. Newsom said during Monday’s press conference that the app is free, 100% private and secure, 100% opt-in and does not track your location.

The CA Notify app is available on both  Apple and Android platforms.

How the CA Notify app works:

  • When individuals voluntarily activate CA Notify[2], the tool uses Bluetooth technology to exchange random codes between phones without revealing the user’s identity or location. 
  • If a CA Notify user tests positive for COVID-19, they will receive a verification code to plug into the app, if they choose. 
  • Any other CA Notify users who have been within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more of the COVID-19 positive individual will get an anonymous notification of possible exposure. 
  • CA Notify will accelerate how quickly people get notified of a possible COVID-19 exposure, giving people the information they need to make responsible decisions around quarantine and testing. 
  • Users who have tested positive for COVID-19 will get a text from the California Department of Public Health[3] at 855-976-8462 with a code which they can enter into CA Notify triggering an alert to phones of people who may have been exposed in the previous 14 days.

How to use on your phone

CA Notify will be available on iOS 13.7 or later. Pilot users must update their iOS to 14.2 or later.

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