Health Dept encourages using COVID alert app
December 17, 2020 – It has been a month since the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) launched the new MI COVID Alert app and they announced today that there have already been nearly 500,000 downloads. The success of this app depends on all Michiganders utilizing it, and District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) is encouraging everyone in our ten-county jurisdiction to download and utilize the app to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
MI COVID Alert is a free, easy to use, anonymous mobile app that provides fast alerts to let you know whether you may have been exposed to COVID-19. It works like this:
No personally identifiable information is collected and shared with other users.
MI COVID Alert CAN:
“We are excited to have this technology at our fingertips to assist with potential exposure notification,” stated Kevin Hughes, Health Officer for DHD#10. “While it does not replace contact tracing or following all necessary prevention strategies, it is an additional tool to notify individuals quickly if they have been exposed to COVID-19.”
The more people who use the app, the more effective it will be in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19.
It is still important to remember:
If you receive an alert that you may have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, get tested and consider quarantining. There are easy testing options, including no-cost testing.