The Health Canada COVID Alert app is now available to Manitoba residents and provides digital COVID-19 exposure alerts once the app is downloaded to a smart phone. COVID Alert helps break the cycle of infection by letting people know of possible exposures before any symptoms appear.
The app is one more tool that people can use to be aware of a possible exposure to COVID-19. The app uses Bluetooth technology to detect when users are near each other. If a user tests positive for COVID-19, they can choose to let other users know about potential exposure risk without sharing any personal information.
The COVID Alert app does not collect personal information or health data, and does not know or track the location, name, address or contacts of any user. All aspects of the app are completely voluntary. In addition, the COVID Alert app does not replace contact investigations. People who do not have a smartphone or device that will support the app will still receive notification from public health officials if they have positive test results or are determined to be a close contact of a confirmed case.
The COVID Alert app is available at no cost in the Apple and Google Play app store.
Basketball Manitoba is recommending that all of its participants in its Return Approved Programs download the app as an added layer of protection.
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