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More Than 500k Download Connecticut COVID Tracing App

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More than half a million Connecticut residents have signed up for an app that alerts users when they’ve been in contact with someone with COVID-19.

Governor Ned Lamont announced the contact-tracing app, called Covid Alert CT, last week.

“If you test positive, we’ll reach out, find out who else you’ve been in contact with, it’s a way if you tell us that we can keep your friends and family safe and narrow the spread,” Lamont said.

Contact tracers reach out to users anonymously after they test positive, usually within a day, and give them a code to verify their diagnosis. Any other app users who came within six feet of them for more than 15 minutes get a notification.

Some users told Hearst Connecticut Media about problems receiving codes from contact tracers, which could lead to delays.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.