ST. PAUL, MN (STL.News) Governor Tim Walz today announced that since the initial launch of the exposure notification system COVIDaware MN on November 23, 2020, more than one million Minnesotans have opted-in to the COVIDaware MN system. The voluntary, anonymous application alerts a user if another user with whom they have had close contact during the virus’ infectious period tests positive for COVID-19.
“COVIDaware MN gives Minnesotans the power of knowing when they’ve been exposed to COVID-19, which is key to slowing the spread of this virus,” said Governor Walz. “I am glad to see that more than one million Minnesotans have taken advantage of this technology, because we know that our communities are safer when we each take steps to protect and care for one another.”
“As we continue to fight this virus and distribute vaccines to folks across the state, Minnesotans deserve access to every tool that can help protect themselves and those around them,” said Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. “We encourage all Minnesotans to take advantage of this free and anonymous technology. The more people use COVIDaware MN, the better we can inform our community about potential exposures and keep each other safe.”
“COVIDaware MN depends on a simple yet impactful premise, and this adoption milestone is an example of the vital role that technology and innovation play in effective crisis response,” said MNIT Commissioner Tarek Tomes.