CRUSH COVID RI is a COVID-19 pandemic response app that provides Rhode Islanders with easy access to all of the resources required during the public health crisis, and includes features such as a location diary and symptom diary.
All Rhode Islanders are encouraged to use the CRUSH COVID RI app and take an active role in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Rhode Island. You can make a difference in the health of your loved ones and your community by helping us track the virus in our state.
CRUSH COVID RI is a one-stop place to get all the information you need about COVID-19 in Rhode Island. It also has two features you can use to help everyone in the community.
The My Location Diary feature uses GPS location data that is already available from your phone to help you easily track the places you visited over the past 20 days. All data will be stored locally on your device. It is only shared when you voluntarily decide to share it. If you test positive for COVID-19, and you agree to share this information with the Rhode Island Department of Health, they can quickly identify places you went and people you were in contact with and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The My Symptom Diary feature lets you tell us if you have any symptoms and only asks you to provide your zip code. If you submit this quick survey daily, it will help give us early indicators of COVID-19 spread in certain zip codes so we can respond by doing things like setting up testing sites in that area.
Together we can #CrushCovidRI.
This update includes the following:
- Two new tiles added: “Get Vaccinated” and “Get Data”
- General performance and user interface improvements
- Improved browser compatibility for devices with iOS 14
Ratings and Reviews
Overall good: one suggestion
Overall this app seems easy to use and I appreciate the way it is designed to protect privacy. One suggestion I have is to add a place to just jot down a list of all the people we have interacted with each day right in the app. I know there has been mention of phones pinging each other later on, but this would be a simple and less invasive way to keep track at least in the meantime—sort of a running memo where every day I note who I saw as well as where I was, for example I was chatting with neighbors outside yesterday (6’ apart) which would not show up on a location map.
Love the idea, but there’s a functionality issue
In order to track people’s locations using the app, you have to allow the app to use your location 24/7. The problem is, this app saps energy more than most apps I’ve used. For reference, I left the house today around 7:10 with 100% battery. As I write this at 10:20, I have 34% battery. It’s not uncommon for me to have to charge my phone once a day due to my usage, but my battery would have lasted 7-8 hours without getting low.
I would suggest to developers to research how Pokemon Go lowered the battery usage rates. I use that app as well and, while the game saps battery at 1% per 2 minutes while open and in use. Alternatively, there are no noticeable differences when the app uses my location 24/7 (to track steps toward the game) in standard usage.
Other than the battery issue, I would have loved to keep this app on my phone. I would recommend that RIDOH make advertisements about the app when it has become more efficient.
Location data is wrong, runs down battery fast
This app is a good idea, but the location data is so wrong. I took a 30 minute walk yesterday and the app says I loitered on a corner that I wasn’t anywhere near for EIGHTEEN HOURS, and then that I went to a bar for four more hours. That’s..... so wrong. I would be hesitant to trust contact tracing information based on this app. I’m deleting and will just keep my own log in a notebook.
.... Tried this again after the update, had it installed for about 2 weeks this time. Location data is slightly better, but still placing me for long periods at spots I never visited, and missing places where I stopped for a while. Also, it runs down my battery noticeably faster than usual. I want to support contact tracing as much as possible, so I really wish this worked ... but I guess I will just continue my notebook log. Alas.
Data Not Linked to You
The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:
- Health & Fitness
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- State Of Rhode Island, Department of Administration
- 33.5 MB
- Health & Fitness
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
English, Portuguese, Spanish
- Age Rating
- 17+ Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information Unrestricted Web Access
- This app may use your location even when it isn’t open, which can decrease battery life.
- © 2020 State of Rhode Island
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.