State exposure notification app COVID Alert DE surpassed 100,000 downloads

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NEW CASTLE — Gov. John Carney, the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services and the Delaware Department of Technology and Information have announced that the COVID Alert DE app has been downloaded by more than 100,000 adult Delawareans.

With the launch of the exposure-notification app Sept. 15, DHSS initially hoped to reach about 10% of the adult population age 18 or older, or about 77,000 Delawareans. As of Tuesday, COVID Alert DE has been downloaded 100,005 times.

In addition, as of Tuesday, about 9% of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and were interviewed by members of Delaware’s contact-tracing team since the app was launched in September said they had COVID Alert DE on their phones. Among their close contacts, about 13% told contact tracers they also had the app on their phones.

“As the winter surge of COVID-19 cases strained our contact tracing system, COVID Alert DE filled a big gap,” said Gov. Carney in a statement. “It anonymously notified Delawareans of potential exposures to the virus and gave Delawareans good information to help keep their family, friends, and neighbors safe. I want to thank all of my fellow Delawareans who have downloaded this app to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in our state.”

Any Delawarean with the COVID Alert DE app will receive an anonymous exposure-notification alert if they are identified as a close contact of a COVID-19-positive individual in Delaware or 21 other states and Washington, D.C.

Users should download the app in the state where they are currently living and expect to be tested for COVID-19. The app is built on Bluetooth technology from Apple and Google.

The app is not a substitute for basic public health precautionary measures, including mask-wearing, social distancing in public, avoiding crowds, frequent hand-washing, staying home when sick and getting vaccinated when eligible. Additionally, those who have the app are still asked to speak with contact tracers from the Division of Public Health if contacted.

COVID Alert DE is available for download in the Apple or Google app stores.