Alberta Prime Minister Jason Kenney has rejected the federal government’s COVID Alert exposure notification app.
Kenney is encouraging Albertans to download the province’s ABTraceTogether app. He stated that the province no longer plans to log into the COVID Alert app because ABTraceToegther is more helpful in stopping the spread of the virus.
“This has nothing to do with whether you are federal or provincial. ABTraceTogether is, in our opinion, simply a better and more effective public health tool, ”Kenney told reporters on November 6.
“Currently Alberta will not adopt the federal COVID alert app because a condition of doing so would be to shut down the ABTraceTogether app, which is a key part of our contact tracing system.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently stated that the Alberta government was blocking the use of the COVID Alert in the province.
For context, COVID Alert notifies users if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus, while ABTraceTogether collects data that is used by contact trackers. The federal government has repeatedly stated that COVID Alert is not a contract tracking app, so Kenney says the province will not use it.
COVID Alert is currently fully functional in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island.
The app can be downloaded everywhere, but other regions do not provide one-time verification keys with positive tests, which are an integral part of how COVID Alert works.
Other than Alberta, British Columbia is the only other province not logged into the app. The provincial government of BC has stated that COVID Alert is very “non-specific” and that it will not adopt the app until some changes are made.
Source: Calgary herald