North Dakota is utilizing two free smartphone applications to help individuals efficiently and effectively support our efforts to reduce and slow the spread of COVID-19 in North Dakota. CARE19 Alert and CARE19 Diary. See details below!
Care19 Alert - Coming soon
Care19 Alert app uses the Bluetooth proximity technology provided jointly by Apple and Google Exposure Notification Systems to keep track of the anonymous keys (transmitted by phones near you) that a user encounters over time.
Care19 Alert quickly notifies you if you've likely been exposed to COVID-19. - empowering you to make decisions that are best for you and your loved ones: like seeking medical advice or staying home. When lots of people use the app it can help public health systems manage the disease and save lives by flattening the curve.
How This Technology Works
Public health authorities around the world are building apps that use the Exposure Notifications System to help their contact tracing efforts. You can find the app for your area (if available) in your app store.
Once you opt-in to the notification system, the Exposure Notifications System will generate a random ID for your device. To help ensure these random IDs can’t be used to identify you or your location, they change every 10-20 minutes.
Your phone and the phones around you will work in the background to exchange these privacy-preserving random IDs via Bluetooth. You do not need to have the app open for this process to take place.
Your phone periodically checks all the random IDs associated with positive COVID-19 cases against its own list.
If there’s a match, the app will notify you with further instructions from your public health authority on how to keep you and the people around you safe.
Exposure Notifications and Your Privacy
We understand how important your privacy is. Here’s how we’ve built this system to respect your privacy and keep you in control.
Neither Google, Apple, nor other users can see your identity
All of the Exposure Notification matching happens on your device. The system does not share your identity with other users, Apple, or Google. Public health authorities may ask you for additional information, such as a phone number, to contact you with additional guidance.
The Care19 app that was launched in April, by Gov. Doug Burgum and the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) in partnership with ProudCrowd, creators of the popular Bison Tracker app, is NOW Care19 Diary. This state-of-the-art application allows you to take an active role in slowing the spread of COVID-19 by providing an easy way for you to record your activity which will be important should you or a close companion test positive.
This app will help the NDDoH reduce the spread of COVID-19 by more efficiently and effectively identifying individuals who may have had contact with people who have tested positive. Once the app is downloaded, individuals will be given a random ID number and the app will anonymously cache the individual’s locations throughout the day. Individuals are then encouraged to categorize their movement into different groups such as work or grocery. The app will only store the location of any place a person visits for 10 minutes or more, and the ID number of each individual contains no personal information besides location data.
If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, they will be given the opportunity to consent to provide their information to the NDDoH to help in contact tracing and forecasting the pandemic’s progression with accurate, real-time data.
CURRENT USERS - NEW UPDATE AVAILABLE!
A new version of the app has been released. It is available either through the App Store on your phone by going into menus and prompt it to download the latest version.
You can help SAVE LIVES!
Care19 Diary will be continuously improving going forward:
- We are improving the accuracy of our location tracing.
- It will become a hub of information for key information in the state. Our current infection statistics, a symptom checker, a test site finder and more.
- It will incorporate the joint Bluetooth proximity tracking technology that Apple/Google announced to be released mid-May. Taking advantage of that platform advancement will enable users who are Covid-19 positive to consent to allow others they were in contact with to be anonymously notified.
- It will enable us to identify places where multiple confirmed positive individuals have been sooner so that we can even more proactively act to reduce the rate of spread.
It Doesn’t Stop with Care19
We have been working with Microsoft to develop a case management solution on top of Microsoft Dynamics to dramatically improve our efficiency and accuracy after someone has tested positive.
- COVID-19 case information, exposures, and contacts will be available sooner for public health analysis and action
- Case and contact daily monitoring will be automated
- Improve electronic case management capability to Local Public Health and others as contact tracing capacity in the state expands
These improvements are the result of automation and replacing paper methods.
How can you help? Please download and use the Care19 apps. You can help save lives!
Automated contact tracing will provide the data needed to stop the spread and trigger a ND Smart Restart!