A new mobile app offered by the state will provide information on Louisiana’s exposure notification for Google and Android phones to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Through the COVID Defense app, Louisianans can now receive notifications informing them if there is a risk that they were exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus. Use of the technology is completely voluntary, private, and secure. COVID Defense does not collect the location of a phone or individual to detect exposure, and it does not share a user’s identity. App users must opt in to use the tool and may opt out at any time. No personal information is required to use the app.
“In the last few weeks, we’ve seen staggering numbers in terms of deaths and cases and those numbers should give us pause. Last week we also reported our first case of the more contagious UK variant of COVID,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said last week. “Until the majority of the general public has received the COVID vaccine, we cannot let up and will need to lean on every other tool available to us. COVID Defense adds another tool to our toolkit to slow the spread of this dangerous virus.”
COVID Defense can be downloaded in the iPhone App Store or Android Google Play Store.
When COVID Defense is voluntarily activated, the tool uses Bluetooth technology to exchange random tokens between phones without revealing the user’s identity or location.