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Saskatchewan launches COVID Alert in September

Saskatchewan is set to launch COVID Alert “over the next few weeks,” according to Premier Scott Moe, who spoke to the media on Wednesday and joined Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador to support the app.

“There will then be an additional tool that will be available to the people of this province to ensure that we flatten the curve and continue to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” Moe said, according to Star Phoenix.

COVID Alert for iOS and Android runs on the exposure alert framework from Apple and Google. It allows smartphones to have digital “handshakes” in the background using Bluetooth. Exposure is considered as contact within two meters for 15 minutes or more with another person.

The app does not use GPS data, is anonymous and does not collect personal information, such as phone numbers. The open source app has been reviewed and approved by federal and provincial privacy commissioners. Users who test positive for COVID-19 can choose to notify others anonymously in the app about coronavirus exposure, after receiving a one-time sign of use from the provincial authorities.

Earlier today, Newfoundland and Labrador announced that they would support COVID Alert on September 3, 2020.

Since its launch on July 31 in Ontario, COVID Alert has reached 2.2 million downloads.

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