COVID Alert PA App
COVID Alert PA is the official mobile app by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) that uses the Exposure Notification System (ENS) provided by Apple and Google.
Download the App
You can now add your phone to the fight against COVID-19 by going to the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and downloading the free COVID Alert PA app to your smartphone. The app runs on iPhones that support iOS 13.5 and higher, and Android phones running Android 6.0 and higher.
COVID Alert PA is available in English, Spanish, German, and Traditional Chinese. Downloading the app is voluntary, but the more Pennsylvanians who adopt the app the more successful it will be at stopping COVID-19. People 13 years old and older are encouraged to add their phone to the fight. However if you are between the ages of 13 and 17, you must have a parent or legal guardian’s consent to use the app.
Opt-in for Exposure Alerts
After you download COVID Alert PA to your smartphone, you can opt-in to receive alerts if you have had a potential exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
Getting timely alerts can help you get advice on how to help yourself and protect others as well as determine when to get testing. It can help reduce your risk of unknowingly spreading the virus to your friends, family, and larger community.
COVID Alert PA works in Pennsylvania, and when you travel to other locations in the United States including:
- District of Columbia
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
States piloting an exposure notification app with a limited population include:
How Exposure Alerts Work
When someone receives a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, they will receive a call from the Department of Health, their county, or municipal health department within 24 to 72 hours. If the person has the COVID Alert PA app on their phone, they will be asked if they are willing to enter a 6-digit validation code in the app.
Once that person enters the 6-digit code, they will be given the option to share their random Bluetooth keys with other app users. Other app users’ phones routinely check if they have ever been in close contact (e.g., within six feet for fifteen minutes or more) with a phone that shared those same Bluetooth keys. If there is a match, the app will let them know they came in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. This is called an Exposure Alert.
The app never collects or reveals the identity of any person using the app, and never reveals who has been diagnosed as positive for COVID-19.
If you receive a positive test result for COVID-19 and do not receive a call from a public health official within 24 to 72 hours, you may call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258) and inquire.
Symptom Tracking: Daily Health Check-in & PA COVID Updates
App users can help fight COVID-19 by opting to tell DOH through the app how you are feeling daily and whether you have any COVID-19 symptoms. If you do have symptoms, the app will give you information on what to do. This tool also helps you track your own symptoms within the app, and you’ll get public health information based on your responses.
The app will also give users easy access to the latest facts and figures about COVID-19 in Pennsylvania from the PA Department of Health’s data dashboard.
Your Privacy is Secure
COVID Alert PA protects your privacy and personal information. Downloading the app is voluntary, but the more Pennsylvanians that use this app, the more successful our efforts will be to stop the spread of COVID-19.
- The app detects if users are in close contact with another app user, using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology. It is the same technology that your phone uses to connect to wireless headphones or your car.
- The app does not use GPS, location services, or any movement or geographical information.
- The app will never collect, transmit, or store your personal information and is completely anonymous.
You, too, can join in the fight against COVID. We invite you to spread the word about the COVID Alert PA app with your friends, neighbors, colleagues, and employers. You can find downloadable posters about the app, as well as, stickers, postcards, and social media graphics on the Community Resources webpage.
Have a Question
For more information about COVID Alert PA, read our Frequently Asked Questions. If you want to tell us about your experience with using the COVID Alert PA App or want to report any problems with the use of the App, please email us (RA-DH-CovidApp@pa.gov).
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