Become a COVID Contact-Tracing Champ

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The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Governor’s Office have developed the COVID Trace app to notify community members about exposures to people who currently have a COVID-19 infection. This COVID contact-tracing app only works when members of the community engage with it. Here’s how to become a contact-tracing champion.

How to Use the COVID Contact-Tracing App

  • How the COVID Trace app works
  • Download the free COVID Trace app from the Apple or Android app store.
  • Once you opt-in to the notification system, the Exposure Notifications System will generate a random ID for your device. To help ensure these random IDs do not identify you or your location, they change every 10-20 minutes.
  • Your phone and the phones around you will work in the background to exchange these privacy-preserving random IDs via Bluetooth – a passive process that begins once you opt-in and operates without the app open.
  • Your phone periodically checks all the random IDs associated with positive COVID-19 cases against its own list.
  • If there is a match, the app will notify you with further instructions from the DHHS on keeping you and the people around you safe.

The Nevada COVID Trace app will only notify people after they have been within six feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or longer over a 24-hour period. The DHHS recommends a 14-day self-quarantine after receiving a notification from the app regarding close contact with an infected person.

Private, Secure & Safe COVID Contact-Tracing

The goal of this app is to provide private, secure and safe contact tracing. Your anonymity is protected while keeping our community healthy. What’s not shared through the app:

  • Your location
  • Your name or address
  • Your health information
  • Who you met
  • Who tested positive

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We can slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, washing our hands frequently and encouraging friends, family members and colleagues to download the Nevada COVID Trace app.