Gov. Doug Burgum and the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) in partnership with ProudCrowd, creators of the popular Bison Tracker app, launched a free mobile app, Care19, to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in North Dakota.
This app will help the NDDoH reduce the spread of COVID-19 by more efficiently and effectively identifying individuals who may have had contact with people who have tested positive. Once the app is downloaded, individuals will be given a random ID number and the app will anonymously cache the individual’s locations throughout the day. Individuals are then encouraged to categorize their movement into different groups such as work or grocery. The app will only store the location of any place a person visits for 10 minutes or more, and the ID number of each individual contains no personal information besides location data.
If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, they will be given the opportunity to consent to provide their information to the NDDoH to help in contact tracing and forecasting the pandemic’s progression with accurate, real-time data.
Care19 will be continuously improving going forward:
- We are improving the accuracy of our location tracing.
- It will become a hub of information for key information in the state. Our current infection statistics, a symptom checker, a test site finder and more.
- It will incorporate the joint Bluetooth proximity tracking technology that Apple/Google announced to be released mid-May. Taking advantage of that platform advancement will enable users who are Covid-19 positive to consent to allow others they were in contact with to be anonymously notified.
- It will enable us to identify places where multiple confirmed positive individuals have been sooner so that we can even more proactively act to reduce the rate of spread.
It Doesn’t Stop with Care19
We have been working with Microsoft to develop a case management solution on top of Microsoft Dynamics to dramatically improve our efficiency and accuracy after someone has tested positive.
- COVID-19 case information, exposures, and contacts will be available sooner for public health analysis and action
- Case and contact daily monitoring will be automated
- Improve electronic case management capability to Local Public Health and others as contact tracing capacity in the state expands
These improvements are the result of automation and replacing paper methods.
How can you help? Please download and use the Care19 application. You can help save lives!
Automated contact tracing will provide the data needed to stop the spread and trigger a ND Smart Restart!
CURRENT USERS - NEW UPDATE AVAILABLE!
A new version of the app has been released. It is available either through the App Store on your phone by going into menus and prompt it to download the latest version.