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A half-million Coloradans have already signed up for the state’s new coronavirus-tracking notification tool

John Ingold
The Colorado Sun
Melissa Uchitelle-Rogers, a registered nurse with UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center, works at the UCHealth specimen collection center in Steamboat Springs.

More than 500,000 Coloradans have already signed up for the state’s new tool to notify people if they have possibly been exposed to the coronavirus.

The tool, called Exposure Notifications, runs in the background on smartphones to exchange non-personally identifying information with other phones it comes near that also are running the app. If a person later tests positive for coronavirus, they will have the option of sending a notification to all the people who also use the app that the person had potentially exposed.

Coloradans began receiving alerts on their phones on Sunday that the app is either available to download or turn on. By Wednesday night, 587,615 people had done so. That represents about 10% of Colorado’s population, said Sarah Tuneberg, the state COVID-19 adviser who has helped develop the state’s version of the app in conjunction with tech companies Apple and Google.

Read the full story at coloradosun.com.

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