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State rolls out MI COVID Alert app

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Posted at 3:03 PM, Nov 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-09 15:03:43-05

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget are rolling out a statewide COVID-19 exposure app.

MI COVID Alert is a free app that is designed to alert users who may have been exposed to coronavirus, according to the Michigan State Police.

Users who test positive can submit their test result to the app while remaining anonymous. The app will then alert those who may have been in close contact with that person in recent memory.

“COVID cases and deaths are now rising fast,” says MDHHS Director Robert Gordon. “Using MI COVID Alert on your cell phone is a simple, safe step that everyone can take to protect themselves and their loved ones.”

MSP says state residents are encouraged to download the app, stating that research conducted at Oxford University suggests that infections and deaths might be reduced if 15% of Michiganders download the app.

The MI COVID Alert app can be downloaded from Google’s and Apple’s respective app stores.