North Dakota is utilizing two free smartphone applications to help individuals efficiently and effectively support our efforts to reduce and slow the spread of COVID-19 in North Dakota. The original Care19 app will now be referred to as Care19 Diary and will serve as a memory aid that uses location data to help users who test positive for COVID-19 recall where they’ve visited in the last 14 days to assist the contact tracing process.
The app provides a random ID number and anonymously caches the individual’s locations throughout the day. The app will allow the user to add, delete and modify locations to ensure that the app has captured an accurate record of their activities. The app will only suggest the location of any place a person visits for 10 minutes or more, and the ID number of each individual contains no personal information other than the location data.
The Care19 Alert app uses the exposure notification technology jointly developed by Apple and Google for public health agencies to supplement their COVID-19 contact tracing efforts. North Dakota was one of three states selected to launch this technology. Exposure notification technology uses Bluetooth to privately collect other users’ random identifiers that you are close to for a specified period of time. When an individual is verified as COVID-19 positive, they can consent to allow close contacts captured by the app to be notified to take appropriate actions.
The Care19 app that was launched in April, by Gov. Doug Burgum and the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) in partnership with ProudCrowd, creators of the popular Bison Tracker app, is NOW Care19 Diary. This state-of-the-art application allows you to take an active role in slowing the spread of COVID-19 by providing an easy way for you to record your activity which will be important should you or a close companion test positive.
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.
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.
You can help SAVE LIVES!
Care19 Diary 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.
This is an advanced technology solution that provides proactive alerts and notifications to users based on anonymous keys exchanged between smartphones users that are carried on phones as users perform their daily activities.
Care19 Alert app uses the Bluetooth proximity technology provided jointly by Apple and Google Exposure Notification technology to keep track of the anonymous keys (transmitted by phones near you) that a user encounters over time.
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 apps. You can help save lives!
Automated contact tracing will provide the data needed to stop the spread and trigger a ND Smart Restart!