New COVID Notification App Now Available Across Canada

Posted: Aug 19, 2020

Topic: Public Health

Source: Government of Canada

COVID Alert, a new national mobile app, is available to Canadians for free download. The app, first developed in Ontario, helps notify users if they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Use of COVID Alert is voluntary, and serves as another tool to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Not yet available in BC, once the app is fully rolled out, users who test positive for COVID-19 will receive a one-time key from their health authority that they can enter into the app. When the key is entered, COVID Alert will notify other users who may have come in close contact with that person for at least 15 minutes in the past 14 days, so they can contact their local public health authority for guidance.