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SlowCOVIDNC is the official COVID-19 Exposure Notification app for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). It allows users to know if they may have been in close contact with someone who has shared a positive COVID-19 test result through the app. Users can anonymously share a positive COVID-19 test result to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

NCDHHS created this app so that North Carolinians can do their part to protect their community and slow the spread of the virus.


Step 1: Download the SlowCOVIDNC Exposure Notification app. Enable Bluetooth and Exposure notifications.

Step 2: After opting-in to receive notifications, the app will generate an anonymous token for your device. A token is a string of random letters and numbers that is used to represent a phone for a short period of time. This ensures your privacy and security are protected. These individual tokens change every 10-20 minutes and are never linked to your identity or location.

Step 3: Through Bluetooth, your phone and the phones around you with the SlowCOVIDNC app are working in the background (without draining your battery or data) to exchange these anonymous tokens every few minutes. As a result, devices can remember how long they are near each other. Phones also record the Bluetooth signal strength of their exchanges in order to estimate how far apart they are.

Step 4: SlowCOVIDNC periodically downloads tokens from the server that have been uploaded from the devices of users who have tested positive. Your phone then uses its records of the signal strength and duration of exposures with those tokens to conduct a risk calculation and determine if you have met a threshold for notification.

Step 5: If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you may obtain your PIN from your local public health department and submit that into the app. This voluntary and anonymous reporting notifies others who have downloaded the app and may have been in close contact with you in the last 14 days that they might be at risk.


Using SlowCOVIDNC is entirely voluntary, and you can enable or disable it at any time. When using SlowCOVIDNC, your privacy will be protected. Tokens will collect and share date, time, signal strength and duration of proximity. No location data or personally identifiable data will ever be collected or stored.

By enabling Bluetooth and Exposure Notifications, you can anonymously share a positive COVID-19 test result to help slow the spread of COVID-19. You may also be notified if you have been in close contact with someone who has shared a positive COVID-19 test result.

Learn more about how your privacy is protected and our privacy policy on the NCDHHS website.

Thank you for downloading SlowCOVIDNC. Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19!

Compatible with iOS 13.6+

What’s New

Version 1.1

Slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect your family, friends and community while still protecting your privacy – simply by using your phone.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
177 Ratings

177 Ratings

KC1974 ,

Good on NC DHHS

This is obviously dependent on everyone having the app and them reporting. That said, if they catch covid, if they’re a good citizen they should install it and report, but that’s pretty much locking the door after the horse has bolted, but it would be something. Also, with me living very close to the SC border who don’t have an app, I’m not so sure this will work that well. Add to that apartment/condo or townhouse living and a neighbor you have had no contact with reporting, you could get notifications because their phone is the other side of the wall, but it’s better than nothing. Realistically, the CDC should have had a national app. Why they don’t may be due to budget cuts? Who knows. Still - as I said it’s better than nothing and kudos to NC state dept of health for getting this out. Seemingly one of the few states that bothered.

Dww1588 ,

Great Idea. Advertise it more!

An exposure notification app seems like a great idea. But this app is only useful when lots of people have it. So why has it been out a month and I am just hearing about it at tje bottom of a story on WLOS? I was just at doctor last week and no one mentioned it. Asking GPs and others to tell their patients to download the app seems like a low cost way to spread the word!

Tri2MakeADifference ,

Hope this app goes VIRAL

Prior to this app coming out, downloaded the app for Virginia and the other states that have similar. Really worth getting them all as they should alert you on travelers as well.

Living in Wake Forest we get folks from Virginia in our Target and other stores every day.

Hopefully, soon, the state apps will all work in unison.


NC Department of Health and Human Services
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Requires iOS 13.6 or later. Compatible with iPhone.


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