Coloradans can “self-report” COVID-19 diagnosis on app

Colorado has updated its exposure notification app so that people can “self-report” their positive COVID-19 test results and share with others who may have been infected, state public health officials announced Thursday.

Previously, people who use the app received a code when they tested positive for COVID-19 that they had to use to send an anonymous notification to others. The app then sends an alert to others via their smartphone to tell them they may have been exposed to the coronavirus.

But those codes are no longer needed to make a report. People can also report a positive result after using an at-home test as part of the update, according to the state Department of Public Health and Environment.

The app was developed by Google and Apple and exchanges tokens via Bluetooth with nearby phones that also have it activated.

Just over 100,000 people had received notifications via the app as of late June, and there were about 2 million users in Colorado.

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