The Canadian Public Health Agency has released new COVID Alert download numbers, informative CTV News The app has been downloaded 2.94 million times since July 31, 2020.
So far, only 514 users have reported positive test results using COVID Alert, with all of these located in Ontario.
COVID Alert reached 2 million downloads on August 16, while it reached 2.2 million downloads on September 1.
According to the Prime Minister’s Office to CTV News, after Justin Trudeau encouraged the download of COVID Alert during last week’s throne, the app was downloaded at least 100,000 times on iOS and Android, one hour after the mention. Trudeau also reiterated Canadians for downloading COVID Alert yesterday.
COVID-19 cases are increasing. It is up to all of us to get this second wave under control. So keep following the public health rules – and while you’re at it, use the COVID Alert app to protect yourself, your loved ones and our frontline workers. Click here: https://t.co/cnFnMGULct
– Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) September 28, 2020
Canada’s COVID Alert app is based on Google’s and Apple’s exposure alert framework, which uses Bluetooth on anonymous “handshake” devices in the background. The app does not use GPS information or collect user data. It has been investigated as safe by Canada’s privacy commissioner and provincial colleagues.
When someone tests positive for COVID-19, they can anonymously notify others who may have been in contact with COVID Alert, by obtaining a single use from their provincial health authority.
To date, COVID Alert is supported in Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Saskatchewan. Manitoba launches support this week, while Alberta and Quebec will soon jump on board.