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Canada’s COVID-19 Exposure App Now Available in Manitoba

October 1, 2020 8:25 AM | News

Coronavirus App

A Canadian smartphone app meant to warn users if they’ve been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 is seen Friday, July 31, 2020 in Montreal. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

A smartphone app that notifies users of potential exposure to COVID-19 is now available in Manitoba.

The COVID Alert app is free and voluntary and is another tool to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

Manitobans can now receive one-time keys from their health authorities to use with COVID Alert. The app helps notify users if they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

More than 3 million downloads of the app have been made since its launch this past summer.

“I encourage all Manitobans to download the COVID Alert app. It will assist the amazing work our public health officials and contact tracers have been doing throughout the pandemic,” Manitoba Health Minister Cameron Friesen said in a statement.

The app doesn’t track a user’s location or collect personally identifiable information.

Manitoba health officials say if you are alerted to an exposure, you should seek a COVID-19 test and self-isolate pending test results, while also monitoring yourself for symptoms. The app alert won’t inform the user when or where they were exposed to the virus.

COVID Alert is available for Canadians as a free download from the App Store or the Google Play Store. Canadians who want to know more about COVID Alert can call 1-833-784-4397.