Alabama Among First States to Sign on for Apple, Google COVID-19 Tools

| May 21, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

By Mark Gurman and Gerrit De Vynck

Alabama is among the first states to sign on to the COVID-19 exposure notification tools Apple Inc. and Google released today.

The technology giants released the tools along with changes that will help public health authorities gather more information on who has the virus.

The system – called Exposure Notification – helps the authorities develop apps that notify users if they have come into contact with a person who has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Users who’ve downloaded the app for their region will be able to update their status if they test positive. The iOS and Android system will then anonymously notify other users who have come into contact with that person.

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