VDH launches COVIDWISE Express for iPhone users

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Posted at 7:14 PM, Feb 09, 2021

RICHMOND, Va. - The Virginia Department of Health launched COVIDWISE Express, a new app-less exposure notifications technology for iPhone users in Virginia who do not already have the COVIDWISE app installed.

Since launching, officials say COVIDWISE Express already has more than 504,000 users in the Commonwealth.

Once an iPhone user enables exposure logging on their phone, their device will automatically use the app-less experience, if the user hasn’t already downloaded COVIDWISE.

COVIDWISE app launched on August 5, 2020 and has now surpassed 994,000 downloads. Officials say that makes it one of the two most downloaded exposure notification apps in the United States.

The app alerts users if they have been in close contact with an individual who anonymously reported their positive COVID-19 test result.

On December 10, COVIDWISE began using the Association of Public Health Laboratories’ National Key Server, which allows COVIDWISE to work across D.C. and 19 states that have similar exposure notifications systems. This helps to ensure users receive exposure notifications, if exposed to persons from a participating jurisdiction.

VDH remains steadfastly committed to COVIDWISE privacy protections and continued adoption and widespread use of exposure notifications as a tool to support the public’s health and reduce the spread of the virus.

To learn more about COVIDWISE options, or to download the app, click here.