SlowCOVIDNC Surpasses 100,000 Downloads; State Health Officials Encourage North Carolinians to Use Exposure Notification App | Beaufort County Now | More than 100,000 people have downloaded SlowCOVIDNC, the official exposure notification app of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

SlowCOVIDNC Surpasses 100,000 Downloads; State Health Officials Encourage North Carolinians to Use Exposure Notification App

Press Release:

    RALEIGH     More than 100,000 people have downloaded SlowCOVIDNC, the official exposure notification app of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

    SlowCOVIDNC alerts users when they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The app relies on users to anonymously submit their positive result to notify others. It is free, completely anonymous and does not collect, store or share personal information or location data.

    "This is a great milestone, but we can't stop here. The more people who download and use SlowCOVIDNC, the more we can slow the spread. And by anonymously notifying the app if you have a positive COVID-19 test, you can help protect your loved ones and your community," said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D.

    NCDHHS continues to work with partners and the media to promote SlowCOVIDNC. The SlowCOVIDNC Communications Toolkit is designed to equip local organizations with resources and collateral to promote SlowCOVIDNC.

    SlowCOVIDNC leverages Google and Apple's Exposure Notification System (ENS) and alerts users who have the app if they have been in close range of an individual who later tests positive for COVID-19. It is voluntary to download and use and is designed to enhance the state's existing contact tracing efforts. The app can be downloaded for free through the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

    Here's how SlowCOVIDNC works:

  1. Download the free SlowCOVIDNC Exposure Notification app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and enable Bluetooth and Exposure Notifications. Bluetooth must be on for the app to work.
  2. After opting-in to receive notifications, the app will generate an anonymous token for the device. A token is a string of random letters which changes every 10-20 minutes and is never linked to identity or location. This protects app user privacy and security.
  3. Through Bluetooth, phones with the SlowCOVIDNC app work in the background (minimizing battery) to exchange these anonymous tokens every few minutes. Phones record how long they are near each other and the Bluetooth signal strength of their exchanges in order to estimate distance.
  4. If an app user tests positive for COVID-19, the individual may obtain a unique PIN to submit in the app. This voluntary and anonymous reporting notifies others who have downloaded the app that they may have been in close contact with someone in the last 14 days who has tested positive.
  5. PINs will be provided to app users who receive a positive COVID-19 test result through a web-based PIN Portal, by contacting the Community Care of North Carolina call center or by contacting their local health department.
  6. SlowCOVIDNC periodically downloads tokens from the server from the devices of users who have anonymously reported a positive test. Phones then use records of the signal strength and duration of exposures with those tokens to calculate risk and determine if an app user has met a threshold to receive an exposure notification.

    To learn more about SlowCOVIDNC and to download the app, visit www.covid19.ncdhhs.gov/slowcovidnc, which also includes an FAQ.


  • NC Department of Health and Human Services
  • 2001 Mail Service Center
  • Raleigh, NC 27699-2001
  • Ph: (919) 855-4840
  • news@dhhs.nc.gov



HbAD0

Latest Health and Fitness

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today updated the COVID-19 County Alert System, which shows one red county — an increase from zero on the previous April 1 County Alert System.
You are receiving the attached message and email below from Beaufort County's EOC as a method of keeping you informed about our county's response to COVID-19.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is updating its vaccine data dashboard to align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
As the Coronavirus pandemic, or COVID-19, progresses through mutation and spread throughout the world and, ultimately, the United States, BCN shall endeavor to keep the public informed.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said in a November 2020 interview that he takes 8,000-9,000 IU per day of vitamin D.
Vidant Health is proud to announce it has recently performed 2,000 Gamma Knife® procedures at Vidant Medical Center (VMC)
The seven organizations, called Local Management Entities/Managed Care Organizations or LME/MCOs, are responsible for managing and monitoring the provision of public mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities
North Carolina Food and Nutrition Services participants can now purchase groceries online using their Electronic Benefit Transfer cards at an additional authorized online EBT retailer, Publix Super Markets Inc.

HbAD1

Vidant Health continues to follow guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
You are receiving the attached message and email below from Beaufort County's EOC as a method of keeping you informed about our county's response to COVID-19.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today released findings from recent public opinion research on COVID-19 vaccine risks, rewards and vaccination motivations across the state.
North Carolina’s work to reach underserved and historically marginalized populations and deliver equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines is a model approach for the country
To better accommodate current demand, Vidant Health will transition new, Greenville-based COVID-19 vaccine appointments from the Greenville Convention Center to the newly established Vidant Greenville Vaccine Clinic effective Thursday, April 8.
Vidant Health is expanding access to COVID-19 vaccine appointments to everyone 16 and older effective Thursday, April 1.

HbAD2

 
Back to Top