The creators of the AlohaSafe Alert app, the state’s official COVID-19 exposure notification service, said it has now been updated so users can self-report a test result. positive at home.
The free app was free to download from Apple or Google Play when it launched statewide in January 2021 through a public-private partnership between the Hawaii Department of Health, aio Digital and the Hawaii Executive Collaborative.
The app is no longer available on the Apple App Store for download, but already has a exposure notification feature built into the iPhone settings that will need to be enabled. It is still available on Google Play.
It uses Bluetooth technology to anonymously alert users if they have been exposed to the coronavirus.
AlohaSafe Alert said that while PCR lab testing remains the gold standard, it reflects the reality that many people are now testing at home.
“This new feature aims to reduce the time between a positive test result and the distribution of exposure notifications, allowing people to anonymously notify others that they may have been exposed to COVID-19,” said declared AlohaSafe Alert in a press release. “The self-report feature has been tested in Colorado and has been successful in several other states.”
Since its launch, there have been over 1.6 million app activations and 10,330 codes claimed by people who tested positive for COVID-19.
Hawaii, along with 26 other states and the District of Columbia, have deployed exposure notification technology.
The app will also transition to AlohaSafe Alert Express, which uses the built-in exposure notification features on Apple and Android devices. Those with Android phones do not need to update their app to use these features, but iPhone users will need to to light up “exposure notifications” to access it.
Visit alohasafealert.org for more information.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the app was available for download. He is no longer available.