Louisiana launches COVID Defense In response to 3rd Surge

Louisiana launches COVID Defense In response to 3rd Surge

COVID Defense is Louisiana’s free, easy-to-use phone app that provides residents of Louisiana the information needed to fight COVID-19, without compromising their privacy

Baton Rouge,  LA (STL.News) Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the launch of COVID Defense, Louisiana’s exposure notification mobile application for Google and Android phones to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Louisianans can now receive notifications informing them if there is a risk they were exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus.  Use of the technology is completely voluntary, private, and secure. COVID Defense does not collect the location of a phone or individual to detect exposure, and it does not share a user’s identity.  App users must opt in to use the tool and may opt out at any time. No personal information is required to use the app.

“In the last few weeks, we’ve seen staggering numbers in terms of deaths and cases and those numbers should give us pause.  Last week we also reported our first case of the more contagious UK variant of COVID,” said Governor Edwards.  “Until the majority of the general public has received the COVID vaccine, we cannot let up and will need to lean on every other tool available to us. 

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