The federal government’s COVID Alert exposure notification app has been downloaded more than six million times since its launch.
COVID Alert was recently updated to be compatible with the iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 Plus. The Canadian Digital Service (CDS) says the app is now available for download on more than 97 percent of phones in Canada.
The CDS notes that COVID Alert will be continually reassessed and updated based on public health guidance, user research, testing, and underlying framework updates from Apple and Google.
COVID Alert has reached 6 million downloads.
With the latest update, #Alert for COVID-19 now supports over 97% of phones in Canada (including iPhone 5S, 6 and 6 Plus).
– Canadian Digital Service (CDS) (@CDS_GC) January 12, 2021
“We encourage all Canadians to download and use COVID Alert today, as a tool to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our communities and keep ourselves and others safe,” a CDS spokesperson recently said. MobileSyrup.
COVID Alert is currently fully functional in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, the Northwest Territories, and Prince Edward Island. In particular, the app is not fully functional in British Columbia and Alberta.
Although COVID Alert can be downloaded throughout the country, other regions do not provide one-time verification keys with positive tests, which are an integral part of how COVID Alert works.