COVIDWISE – Use Your Phone to Fight COVID-19: Virginia’s Phone App Available NOW!

Download Virginia’s free COVIDWISE Exposure Notifications app to help protect your community while protecting your privacy.

Virginia is the first state in the U.S. to use new pandemic technology created by Apple and Google.

Your Privacy is Protected

Enabling exposure notifications is your choice. It can be disabled by you at any time. It must be enabled for the app to receive exposure notifications or to notify others that you have tested positive for COVID-19. It can be disabled by you at any time.

Your privacy is protected—you are in control!  COVIDWISE only shares anonymous tokens with other app users. These tokens are not linked to your identity or location. Your personal information is not collected or shared with other COVIDWISE users. Information from the anonymous tokens, such as the date, time, and signal strength and duration of proximity are collected. These details are not shared with other app users and are not tied to your personal identity.

How does it work?

COVIDWISE uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to quickly notify users who have likely been exposed so you can reduce the risk of infection for your friends and family and help Virginia stop the spread.

Step 1

Download the free app  iPhone App Store or Android Google Play Store.

Step 2

Once you opt-in to the notification system, the Exposure Notifications System will generate an anonymous token for your device. To help ensure these anonymous tokens can’t be used to identify you or your location, they change every 10-20 minutes.

Step 3

Your phone and the phones around you will work in the background, without draining your battery or data, to exchange these privacypreserving anonymous tokens via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology. This is a passive process that begins once you opt-in and functions without the app open.

Step 4

On a daily basis, your phone downloads a list of all the anonymous tokens associated with positive COVID-19 cases and checks them against the list of anonymous tokens it has encountered in the last 14 days.

Step 5

If there’s a match, the app will notify you with further instructions from your public health authority on how to keep you and the people around you safe.

Frequently Asked Questions Concerning COVIDWISE

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