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Help Slow the Spread

Michelle McCarthy

California announces new contact-tracing app in the fight against COVID-19.


​​​Throughout the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CSU has continuously stepped up as a leader in California. The university has provided invaluable guidance and assistance to those in need, whether it was the switch to virtual instruction, providing mental health resources, supplying medical equipment to essential workers or heroes showing up on the front lines.  

The CSU community now has the opportunity to continue to be part of the solution to reduce the transmission by participating in California's new contact-tracing app, CA Notify, which launched on December 10.

CA Notify will help slow the spread [of COVID-19] by alerting those who opt in to receive an alert if they've come into contact with someone who has tested positive," Governor Gavin Newsom announced. “The process is private, anonymous and secure, and is one of the many tools in the state's data-driven approach to help reduce the spread."

​Californians who choose to use the tool should enable CA Notify in their iPhone settings (turn on exposure notifications); Android users can download the app from the Google Play Store. They will receive a text on their smartphone informing them if they have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for the virus. With that knowledge, the proper steps can be taken: get tested, seek medical advice or quarantine if necessary.​

For more information, visit the CA Notify site.​