MI COVID Alert app launches statewide today
New This Week: New phone app for detecting exposures to COVID-19
Beginning today, all Michiganders are encouraged to download the MI COVID Alert phone application from the Apple or Google app stores. MI COVID Alert is a free, easy to use, and anonymous app to help you stay informed and protect yourself or others from spreading COVID-19. The app was successfully piloted at Michigan State University and the surrounding community before today’s statewide launch.
Downloading the app today provides protection going forward if you become exposed to someone who tests positive. The app uses low energy Bluetooth technology to detect phones with the app near you and send alerts for potential exposures. If someone tests positive for COVID-19, a local health department or the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will provide them with a code to enter into the app. If you have been in close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) with someone who has COVID-19, you will receive a push notification to your mobile phone through the app.
New ‘Spread Hope, Not COVID’ Communication Resources
New materials are available to help with promotions around MI COVID Alert, addressing mask misinformation on social media, and providing guidance as the holidays get closer: