Washington Exposure Notifications - WA Notify

Posted by Carrie Crow on 12/15/2020

Washington Exposure Notifications (also known as WA Notify) is a new tool that works through smartphones, without sharing any personal information, to alert users if they may have been exposed to COVID-19.  It is completely private, and doesn’t know or track who you are or where you go.

How do I add WA Notify to my phone?

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On an iPhone, enable Exposure Notifications in Settings:

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  On an Android phone:

How does it work?

When you enable WA Notify, your phone exchanges random, anonymous codes with the phones of people you are near who have also enabled WA Notify. The app uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to exchange these random codes without revealing any information about you. If another WA Notify user you've been near in the last two weeks later tests positive for COVID-19 and adds their verification code to the app, 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.

For more information click here: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/WANotify