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Description

Help stop COVID-19 in Alabama.

Use the GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification app to anonymously share a positive COVID-19 test result — and be anonymously notified of your own possible exposure to someone who later reports a positive COVID-19 test result — all without sharing anyone’s identity. The app protects your privacy while giving you the power to protect your health, your family’s and your community’s.



Using the app is easy:

Step one: Download the GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification app and enable Bluetooth.

Step two: If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you can choose to report it. Your test will be verified by the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Step three: Those who may have been in close contact with you in the last 14 days will be notified they were near someone with a positive test, but they won’t know who or where. Your identity and location remain completely anonymous, and your personal information isn’t disclosed, no matter what.



Why it’s important

Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is essential to helping our communities, schools and businesses reopen and stay open. When someone tests positive for COVID-19, contact tracers with the Alabama Department of Public Health will help notify those the person has been near — but they won’t know every person’s close contacts. The more people who use the app, the better the ability to notify those who have been exposed.



How it works

When you are within about six feet of others, phones using the GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification app exchange encrypted, anonymous codes via low-energy Bluetooth. If you test positive for COVID-19, those with whom you came in close contact — defined as within six feet for at least 15 minutes over the last 14 days — will get an anonymous notification that they were exposed. The notification they get is completely anonymous — they will not know who tested positive, the time, or the location — only the date of the possible exposure.



Your privacy is our priority

The GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification app was developed by the Alabama Department of Public Health in cooperation with the University of Alabama at Birmingham and MotionMobs, using technology from a collaboration between Apple and Google. Users of the app exchange anonymous codes among their phones using Bluetooth — no location data is ever stored or exchanged, and your personal information is never shared.

What’s New

Version 1.10.0

GuideSafe™ has been updated to make the experience easier to protect the health of yourself, your family, your community, and beyond.

Updates include:
- Instant exposure checks with a button click
- Alignment with updated CDC guidelines on daily exposures
- Onboarding and screen design updates for user accessibility
- Synchronization with standards used by other states
- Support for Version 2 exposure notifications
- Optional anonymous and aggregated event data sharing for community awareness

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
97 Ratings

97 Ratings

FleetKitten ,

Easy to set up, but, needs a tiny bit more work.

The only thing I wish this app would let me consent to would be access to my iOS Health app. I routinely monitor my temperature for work, and, I believe that the quicker information can be accessed to defeat COVID, the better we can perform contact tracing.

Sarah54387 ,

Great concept and needed tool - but does not work.

***Update*** My husband tested positive 2 days ago and immediately reported it on the app. I still show “no exposure” and he has reported 2-3 times to be sure it went through.

I am SO thankful for the work done on this app. I feel completely safe using it, no names or emails or any information needed - it just uses a low blue tooth signal to know when in range of the app on another device - if which the owner happens to develop COVID-19 and clicks that anonymously on the app then I’ll get an alert if I’ve been in that range in the last 2 weeks. This is a much needed tool to help safely interact and do day to day things like errands and work. I hope a lot of people use this app to help prevent community spread of Covid as restrictions loosen.

Scott Schram ,

Privacy-preserving COVID contact tracing

This is the official Alabama Department of Public Health privacy-preserving Covid contact tracing app. Apple and Google teamed up to create a framework which preserves privacy, does not track your location, and yet can let you know if you may have been exposed.

At some point, Apple and Google will introduce this technology into the operating system, encouraging, but not requiring adoption.

This looks like a great implementation and is part of the way forward.

App Privacy

The developer, Alabama Department of Public Health, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

Supports

  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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