Residents across Saskatchewan now have access to Health Canada’s COVID Alert app.
The digital tracing app uses bluetooth technology to detect when other app users are near each other.
If someone using the app tests positive for COVID-19, the app will provide people who test positive with the opportunity to notify other people they have come into contact with anonymously.
The app does not collect personal data, track location, record health information, record names or collect contact information.
Users of the app that test positive with COVID-19 will be provided with a single-use code from public health that can be entered into the app.
When that code is entered into the app, other app users that have been within two meters of that person for more than 15 minutes over a 14-day period will be notified of a possible transmission.
This will provide those people with the chance to evaluate themselves and get tested if necessary.
Saskatchewan Health Minister Jim Reiter said the app provides residents with another precautionary COVID-prevention method as people will start to gather indoors with the cooler weather.
“As more activities head indoors, Saskatchewan residents should continue following public health guidelines to prevent COVID-19 transmission and protect friends and family. Wash your hands frequently, ensure you can name every contact in your virtual household, maintain physical distancing and wear a mask when you cannot,” said Reiter.