Three more U.S. states launching coronavirus exposure warning apps


By Paresh Dave
OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) – North Dakota, Wyoming and Alabama are the latest U.S. states launching apps to warn users about potential exposure to the novel coronavirus by tracking their encounters, representatives for the states told Reuters on Thursday.
Virginia last week became the first U.S. state to urge residents to download such an app using technology developed by smartphone software giants Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google.
About 316,000 people have downloaded Virginia’s app, COVIDWISE, Jeff Stover, a state health department official, told Reuters during an online event about pandemic technology hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-affiliated Responsible Data Foundation.
North Dakota launched its app, Care19 Alert, on Thursday and Wyoming will release an app on Friday, , whose company ProudCrowd developed the apps, also said during the event. …

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