Nevada Launches Contact Tracing App

Goal Is To Improve How People Are Notified Of Possible Exposure

Mitch Kelly
August 24, 2020 - 7:34 am
New COVID Trace app for Nevada

LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - The state of Nevada is rolling out an app designed to help in the process known as contact tracing.

Contact tracing refers to finding those who may have been exposed to the coronavirus and inform them of the precautions they need to take.

The app is called "COVID Trace", and it was developed by a team of former Google and Uber engineers.

Here's how it works: When two phones are in close contact they will exchange and store anonymous tokens through Bluetooth. The app categorizes them as, “sent, seen and positive.”

Once someone is positive, a contact tracer will reach out and ask if they can share their information from the app. Each person’s phone will scan to see if it’s stored any tokens that match the token of a positive person.

The app is entirely opt-in which means not only do users have to download it, they have to take more steps to start notifying people once they’re positive.

It launches on Monday for both iPhone and Android Users and is available in English and Spanish.