CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon’s office announced on Wednesday, July 1 that a free mobile app called “Care19 Diary” is available for people in Wyoming to help health officials track their movements to assist with COVID-19 contact tracing efforts.
Gordon’s office said the governor partnered with app developer ProudCrowd to make the mobile app available to people in Wyoming in an effort to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, adding that the app is already in use in North and South Dakota.
“Once the app is downloaded, users are assigned a random ID number and the app will create a diary of where an individual has visited throughout the day,” Gordon’s office said.
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The ID number will contain no personal information besides the individual’s location data. People who choose to participate will also have the option to clear their history at any time, Gordon’s office said.
“If you test positive for COVID-19 in the future, you can use the phone diary to help contact tracers protect others that may have been in contact with you,” the governor’s office said. “Another option for a user is to consent to share the information about locations you’ve visited with the Wyoming Department of Health to support the critical contact tracing process, but your privacy is protected.”
People who choose to use the app are able to add visits that the app may have missed and can delete location entries the app may have tracked in error. Gordon’s office said the app only suggests locations a person has visited for at least ten minutes.
“In implementing this app Wyoming joins North and South Dakota as a leader in the response to COVID-19,” Governor Gordon said in the release. “Governors Noem and Burgum have already implemented this entirely voluntary program. Here in Wyoming, the more citizens who choose to voluntarily participate, the more effective our fight against COVID-19 will be. The information this app gathers can save lives. Embracing this technology is one more way we can show that we’re all in this together.”
Gordon’s office add that contact tracing at the state and county levels has been a big part of health officials’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic and that the app will “enhance the extensive contact tracing already occurring in the state.”
“We are extremely excited that our work for North Dakota and South Dakota is now being used to also help the people of Wyoming,” ProwdCrowd CEO Tim Brookins said in the release. “Big thanks to Governor Gordon and his team for their partnership. We built these products with privacy as our primary design point – wide-scale adoption is the ultimate goal.”
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“An additional app, Care 19 Alert is expected to be available later this month,” the release states. “Care 19 Alert utilizes Bluetooth technology to keep track of anonymous keys transmitted by nearby phones. When an individual is identified as being Covid-19 positive they can consent to notifying others who have been near them who also voluntarily download the app so they can take the appropriate actions.”
“For more information about the Care19 apps, go to covid19.wyo.gov.”
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What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.
If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.
Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.
For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
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