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COVID Alert NJ: Using COVID Alert NJ

Last Updated: 09/30/2020

How do users report themselves as positive for COVID-19?

When an individual receives a positive test result, they will be contacted by a Department of Health public health representative and have the option to receive a one-time verification PIN via SMS/text message. When the verification PIN is entered into the app, COVID Alert NJ will recall all of the recorded close contacts , logged as anonymous random codes, and deliver an anonymous alert that they may have been exposed. There is no way for other users to identify the positive individual.

How does COVID Alert NJ know when I have been exposed?

COVID Alert NJ determines if someone has been exposed by approximating the distance between the user and a person diagnosed as positive for COVID-19 and by estimating the amount of time the user has been in contact with that person. The app does this by detecting and logging anonymous random codes from Bluetooth devices that have been within six feet of the user for 10 minutes or longer. To approximate distance, the app compares the Bluetooth signal strength between the two devices in contact.

What happens if I receive an alert that I have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive case?

If users receive a notification that they have potentially been exposed to a COVID-19 positive case, users can access the "Exposure information" section of the Exposure Alert tab in COVID Alert NJ for information regarding testing and quarantine/isolation, or to be connected to support services and symptom monitoring.

What are some other features of COVID Alert NJ?

In addition to exposure notification, the app also provides a COVID-19 symptom checker, information on COVID-19 and available support services.

Will COVID Alert NJ work in neighboring states?

New Jersey has been closely collaborating with New York, Delaware and Pennsylvania to ensure that the app would be fully functional and compatible in these states. The app would also be fully functional and compatible in any states that have configured Apple / Google's EN Express feature / application.

What languages are supported in the app?

Currently COVID Alert NJ supports English and Spanish languages. Additional languages may be available in future versions. The app will use the language that is set in the device's Settings.