Pennsylvania will roll out a Covid-19 contact tracing app for residents in September, Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine announced Tuesday.
The app, COVID Alert PA, will use Bluetooth technology and notify Pennsylvanians if they spent 15 minutes or more in close proximity to another person who later tested positive for the virus. The app is voluntary, and will protect user's identities and locations, Levine said. It will alert someone to exposure without comprising the identity of the person with the virus.
The state has worked with researchers at MIT on the product, but it does not replace contact tracers.
Some more context: More than 125,570 Pennsylvanians have contracted Covid-19 and almost 7,500 people have died from the virus, according to Levine.
Note: These numbers were released by the state public health agency, and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.