“Aside from testing and following the routines that we have all made part of our daily lives, we would encourage you to download the COVID Alert NJ smartphone app,” Gov. Phil Murphy said at the Wednesday state briefing on the coronavirus. Murphy noted that the app has just received a significant update, including with more efficient data presentations.
The app anonymously alerts users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. It also gives up-to-date information on reopenings, key COVID-19 metrics and a symptom tracking tool. According to the state COVID-19 website, the app “will never record any identifying data. All users will remain anonymous.”
Originally available only in English and Spanish, it’s now also available in an additional 10 languages: Arabic, Chinese, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Tagalog — “all languages we hear across our state,” as the governor noted.