Newsom announces phone-based virus-exposure tracking system

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Valley News - Health
RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Gov. Gavin Newsom Monday, Dec. 7 announced a statewide cell-phone-based system designed to notify residents when they've been exposed to COVID-19. The CA Notify system was originally developed at UC San Diego and UC San Francisco, and it has been deployed on a trial basis on seven UC campuses, with an estimated 250,000 people opting in to participate, Newsom said. The system relies on Bluetooth technology that detects when a person is in close proximity to others, thanks to anonymous signals transmitted among cell phones. When a person who has opted into the program tests positive for COVID-19, the person can then consent to have all of their recent close contacts notified by cell phone. Those contacts then receive a notification on their phone, alerting them that they
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