California rolls out app for COVID-19 notification

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday announced a voluntary smartphone tool to alert people of possible coronavirus exposure as cases surge higher, new restrictions are imposed and many people said they won't heed the pleas to stay home. (Dec. 7)

Video Transcript

GAVIN NEWSOM: There's been a lot of discussion around apps. There's been a lot of discussions about how technology can advance our efforts to notify individuals, mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and address this pandemic head on. Two of California's best known headquarter technology companies, Google and Apple, have joined together in an effort to provide for exposure notification-- not contact tracing, but exposure notification. You can choose to participate in leveraging this technology to allow people that you have been in contact with or have been in contact with you to be notified of potential exposure related to the transmission of this disease.

Even if we don't have tens of millions of people participating in this program, the more people that participate in it, the more that opt-in, the more effective this program can be.