CO Taps Google, Apple to Support COVID-19 Contact Tracing App

HIT Infrastructure

Samantha McGrail

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) recently launched its statewide COVID-19 contact tracing system using the Google-Apple framework.

According to an announcement from Governor Jared Polis, CO Exposure Notifications is a free, voluntary service that will be available to Android and Apple iPhone users across Colorado.

For smartphone users, the exposure can be turned on in settings, while for Android users, an exposure app can be downloaded onto the phone. A notice was sent statewide to all users on Sunday with instructions for their individual systems.

When the service is enabled, Bluetooth technology shares anonymous “tokens” with other phones. If an individual tests positive for COVID-19 and uploads their results, those who have been in contact with infected people will receive an alert of potential exposure.

Notably, these tokens are...

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