Governor Evers recently announced that the state will be rolling out a contact tracing app for COVID-19 exposures, to be called WI Exposure Notification. This app uses Bluetooth connections to other cell phone users to keep track of what other app users you have been in close contact with. The application is totally voluntary and must be enabled on each cell phone individually.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be given a code which they may enter into the app. At that point everyone that they were in close contact with for the past 14 days that they may have been exposed and should consider being tested. The application requires leaving Bluetooth enabled on your phone. Similar applications have been in use in other states.

You may enable the application on your iPhone without downloading anything, and if you have an Android phone the app can be found at…

“We’re excited about this app’s potential to enhance our state’s response to COVID-19,” said Gov. Evers. “The voluntary WI Exposure Notification app is another tool in our toolbox to stop the spread. Because it lets you know faster if you’ve been in close contact with someone who’s tested positive, you can take steps to keep yourself safe and protect those around you. Also, the app doesn’t collect or use device location, so users will remain anonymous.” 

The app does not use GPS signals to locate individuals, but only keeps track of close contact with others using the application. The app is expected to go live on Dec. 23. All Wisconsin residents should receive a push notification that the system is available, and they can download the app from the Google Play store or turn it on on their iPhones. 

More information on the app including an FAQ and instructional video should be available soon.

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Steve Hanson

Steve is a web designer and recently retired from running the hosting and development company Cruiskeen Consulting LLC. Cruiskeen Consulting LLC is the parent company of Wis.Community, and publication of this site continues after his retirement.

Steve is a member of LION Publishers and the Local Media Consortium, is active in Health Dunn Right, and is vice-president of the League of Women Voters of the greater Chippewa Valley

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