Newsom Launches CA Notify Statewide

On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the statewide expansion of CA Notify, the state’s digital tool to assist in reducing the transmission of COVID-19. Starting yesterday, December 10, California residents can opt-in to receive COVID-19 notifications informing them if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. CA Notify was developed in partnership with Apple and Google and piloted by the University of California, San Diego and the University of California, San Francisco.

The CA Notify service uses Bluetooth technology to exchange random codes between phones without revealing the user’s identity or location. If a CA Notify user tests positive for COVID-19, they will receive a verification code to enter into the platform, if they choose. Any other CA Notify users who have been within six feed for 15 minutes or more of the COVID-19 positive individual will get an anonymous notification of possible exposure. The state anticipates that CA Notify will accelerate how quickly people get notified of a possible COVID-19 exposure, giving people information needed to make responsible decisions around quarantine and testing.

The full announcement from the Governor’s Office is available here.