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Nevada Launches Contact Tracing App ‘COVID Trace'

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Posted on 27 August 2020 by "T".

This week, Nevada has launched a free contact tracing mobile phone app called COVID Trace, designed to notify users of possible exposure to the novel coronavirus.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) of Nevada has developed the app through a collaboration between Apple and Google. Similar apps have been released earlier in Alabama and Virginia. The app would be considered an incredibly useful tool for a tourist state that has struggled to monitor and keep track of everyone, residents and tourists alike, that comes and goes out of the state since re-opening from lockdown.

COVID Trace automatically exchanges randomized IDs with other nearby phones that also have the app. The user's phone checks periodically all the random IDs associated with positive COVID-19 cases and cross-checks it against its own list. If there is a match, the app will notify the user with further instructions from DHHS on what should they do next in order to stay safe and keep others safe.

Simply put, the app will enable people who have tested positive for COVID-19 to anonymously inform those they previously encountered of potential exposure. It uses Bluetooth scanning and algorithms to determine whether two individuals have had enough close contact to warrant concern.

At a press conference last Friday, the DHHS emphasized the anonymity of the tech, clarifying that no personal information would be collected or stored by the app. Since it is completely voluntary, it however relies on everyone's cooperation to download and use the app for it to be effective.

Employers such as Boyd Gaming Corporation, Caesars Entertainment, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, MGM Resorts International, Wynn Resorts, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Las Vegas Raiders, Allegiant Air, Vegas Chamber, Latin Chamber, Top Rank, NV Energy and R&R Partners have all encouraged their employees to download and use the COVID Trace app.

Chair of the Nevada COVID-19 Response, Relief and Recovery Task Force Jim Murren said, "Our resort industry has always been open to addressing complex challenges with innovative solutions. The adoption of COVID Trace is no different, and I'm proud of the way our business community has stepped up to participate in this important effort. The broad adoption of COVID Trace would be a game changer for Nevada, in terms of both public health and economic stability."

Nevada Deputy Administrator of Community Health Services Julia Peek said, "The DHHS created this app so Nevadans can make use of the latest technology to keep themselves and their families safe and fight the COVID-19 pandemic. We strongly recommend that everyone downloads COVID Trace to their phone and begins to use it. By working together and using every tool at our disposal, we can protect our communities and flatten the curve."

The COVID Trace app is absolutely free and now available for both iOS and Android devices.



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8 comments on "Nevada Launches Contact Tracing App ‘COVID Trace''"

 dule-vu27/08/2020 18:06:08 GMT
now they will try on any way to prevent this and to stop virus,but they cant do much when they have such a big numbers of people with corona!we already talked in several threads that they will have big problems and that maybe they will close it again,when they dont care about people who play,only for people that work and this cant stop virus to come!you cant play poker and to take so many chips from hand to hand and to talk and everything on table,without mask!
 CALICUL28/08/2020 18:29:10 GMT
This control of the population is thought by New World Order and politicians to subjugate humanity. Edward Snowden was right when he said this and we must take action. Covid is pretext on which all those guilty should be arrested.
 dule-vu28/08/2020 19:29:13 GMT
its good that in any country that have this kind of app,you dont have law that every person need to have app on smartphone!dont know does this app help to people and how people react on it,but something they must do!las vegas will have big problems with corona in next months and they must stop somehow!
 antonis32129/08/2020 10:22:11 GMT
This app seems to be able to help people get notified when a positive COVID-19 person might be close to another person at a place , so as to take more precautions and be aware .

But on the other side.. Ofcourse this is viluntary , for the time being , but many things began on a voluntary basis , then became obligatory .
Also , I feel this might be too much , the personal info and data for illnesses , other data , they say it's all protected , no personal info is collected or saved , but still , it's a lot of power knowing so much , tracking your moves , sharing this toothers around you , technology helps towards this total control
 CALICUL29/08/2020 18:45:51 GMT
These people are looking for something else not for Covid 19. They thermoscan the body to find what they need (i mean compatible people). I'm sorry that people live with their minds elsewhere but this reality is quite different.
 dule-vu30/08/2020 10:41:59 GMT
antonis people dont like much this app,because even if this will help to them,they afraid that this app will tell to goverment everything about them and that it will follow them after everything finish,so thats why they dont want to install,even if this would help to find out who have corona from people that they see every day!
 geseco1230/08/2020 15:11:48 GMT
bueno si es asi como se menciona, es una buena iniciativa ya que vana ayudar a saber con mayor facilidad personas que tienen covid 19, es una buena aplicacion desde el punto de vista informatico. saludo
 CALICUL30/08/2020 18:56:48 GMT
It won't take long and in a few years... they will turn us into robots as slaves. We will be something like a prototype, to see how much can prolong life. These people dream of living long and for that invest a lot of money, but do experiments on innocent people. Same with internet & situation is different here.

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