How does it work?
When you enable the COVIDaware MN exposure notification system, and you are near someone who also has COVIDaware MN enabled, your phones exchange random, anonymous codes. If that person later tests positive for COVID-19 and follows the steps to anonymously notify others, you'll get an anonymous notification that you've had a possible exposure. This lets you get the care you need quickly, and helps prevent you from spreading COVID-19 to the people around you.
The app uses privacy-preserving Bluetooth Low Energy technology to exchange the random codes without revealing any information about you. By using only tiny bursts of Bluetooth, your battery is not impacted.
The system uses an algorithm to tell the difference between the encounters that could potentially transmit COVID-19 to you, from those that were either at a safe distance or short enough that you don't need to be warned. COVIDaware MN will only alert you if you have potentially been exposed. Not receiving an alert is good news.
The COVIDaware MN system is available in English, Spanish, and Somali.