Spartans Lead with the MI COVID-Alert Exposure Notification App

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  1. Download the app from your usual app store.
  2. Choose what information you want to share - or not.
  3. Play your part in slowing the spread of coronavirus and helping to protect each other.

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THE WHAT:

At MSU we’re taking another important step in the fight to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The University is partnering with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Ingham County Health Department to launch a pilot of the MI COVID Alert exposure notification app.

MI COVID Alert is a voluntary, anonymous exposure notification smartphone app available for download on IOS and Android devices.  The app runs in the background and can notify users if they have recently been in close or extended contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

THE WHO:

The MI COVID Alert exposure notification app is available to MSU students, faculty staff and residents throughout Ingham County.

THE WHY:

Early detection is one of the most important factors in preventing the spread of the virus. The MI COVID Alert app is the best tool available for receiving rapid notification that you may have been exposed. But in order for the app to work, we need every Spartan to download it and to encourage fellow Spartans to do the same.

THE WHEN:

The app is available now in the Google and Apple app stores.

iOS: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1527644912
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.michigan.MiCovidExposure

THE HOW:

MI COVID Alert works by using Bluetooth low energy technology to detect nearby phones that are also running the app. When a person tests positive for COVID-19, they receive a pin from the local health department that allows them to send an anonymous notification through the app to the phones of other app users they may have been in close and continuous contact with.

The app will provide students, faculty and staff who receive a confidential exposure notification alert with detailed instructions regarding what to do to avoid potentially spreading the virus.

OTHER DETAILS:

The purpose of the pilot is to help Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services gauge the effectiveness of the app and better understand any potential obstacles widespread adoption prior to a statewide launch.

The MSU pilot will run through the end of the year and will provide valuable information to the state of Michigan as health officials consider a statewide launch of the app. 

PROTECTING YOUR PRIVACY

The MI COVID Alert app never collects or processes any personally identifiable information. Using the MI COVID Alert app is completely voluntary, and you may choose to install and uninstall the MI COVID Alert app at any time. The MI COVID Alert app will never collect, track or store your location, GPS information, or personal information.

Once you have uninstalled the MI COVID Alert app, it will no longer function and will no longer share information over Bluetooth.

Carrier data may be used for the purpose of transferring data necessary to detecting possible exposures. Carrier data rates may apply.

ENABLING EXPOSURE NOTIFICATIONS

Enabling exposure notification in the MI COVID Alert app is your choice. You can enable and disable such notification at any time. It must be enabled for the MI COVID Alert app to exchange the random codes with other MI COVID Alert app users who you come into close contact with, for you to receive exposure notifications, or for you to notify other MI COVID Alert app users if you test positive for COVID-19 by sharing your random codes through a positive report.

NOTIFYING OTHER APP USERS IF YOU TEST POSITIVE

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may choose to notify other MI COVID Alert app users who you have been in close contact with. Providing notification to other MI COVID Alert app users with whom you have had close contact is completely voluntary.

The notification will not disclose your identity or any personally identifying information. To enable such notifications, you will need a valid, 8-digit PIN provided by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services or a local health department in Michigan. This PIN is used to verify your positive diagnosis and prevent false reports. This PIN is not associated with your identity. Once a valid PIN is entered into the MI COVID Alert app and you confirm that you wish to enable notifications, other MI COVID Alert users who may have been in close contact with you will be notified. Such notifications will not include your identity or the date, time, or location of the exposure.