It was reported this morning that six months after it was announced, the technology that Apple and Google built to send Covid-19 exposure alerts to smartphones, is finally gaining momentum in the United States.
New York and New Jersey both released Covid-19 alert apps this week, bringing together ten states plus Guam that have released apps using Apple-Google Partnership technology. 70 million people, or 21% of the US population, now have access to a Covid-19 app, according to a CNBC analysis using US Census data.
More are coming soon too. Five other states plus Washington DC have announced plans to use the Apple-Google Alert system, and California and Arizona are currently testing apps in pilot applications.
The US does not have a national app strategy, unlike other countries, so the development of the apps falls to the state level. The apps are now starting to work across government lines.
One concern with early apps was that they would not be able to communicate with other apps about exposure alerting ̵
Things are starting to change with the apps from New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Everyone will be able to exchange alerts, and Connecticut is next when they release their app shortly.
CNBC’s report is quite comprehensive, so if you want to learn more, read the full report.
Finally, under the theme COVID-19, earlier this morning, White House physician Dr. Sean Conley and other members of the medical team briefed reporters on President Trump’s condition. Conley said they were “extremely pleased with the progress” Trump is making. For those who do not demonize the president, that is good news.