How to use the Covid Alert NY for PC Free – Windows 10, Mac
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Download the Covid Alert NY app on PC. This is the official app of New York State, run by the NYS Department of Health as part of New York State’s comprehensive COVID-19 testing and contact tracing effort.
What is Covid Alert NY for PC app?
COVID Alert NY PC is New York State’s official Exposure Notification App. This is a free smartphone app for anyone 18+ that lives and/or works in New York. The COVID Alert NY app notifies users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Upon receiving an exposure notification, the app will encourage users to contact their physician or the State Health Department hotline (1-833-227-5045) to get more information about quarantining and testing.
Anyone who downloads the app does not have to worry about being tracked, identified, or having their personal information shared. The app is completely anonymous and does not track your location or movement. No personal data is collected. COVID Alert NY for Windows uses Bluetooth proximity-enabled exposure notification technology provided by Apple and Google which is safe and secure.
How the app Works
Once the user has downloaded and installed the app, the user will open it for the first time and it will ask them to confirm they are 18 years of age or older. Then, the app will provide an explanation about the app and how it works.
To use the COVID alerts function, the user has to enable the apps closeness sensing function and allow for notifications which are asked almost immediately after the age verification.
If you select okay for both the tracing and notifications, the app will use blue-tooth to sense others nearby who have also downloaded the app. On the homepage of the app, users can also see New York state’s COVID-19 data, as well as each county.
The app also has a health blog where you can track any potential symptoms, and what to do if you test positive for the virus and how to proceed from there.
For those who are concerned about their privacy, the app says it does not disclose the users’ personal information, and it will not be shared or be used to track the users’ location.
How to Install Covid Alert NY app on Windows and Mac
- To begin, Install an Android emulator on your PC, I will recommend BlueStacks or NoxPlayer.
- Complete the installation process by following the on-screen instructions.
- Open the emulator and log in using your Google ID.
- Look for the PlayStore app on the home screen of the emulator.
- Search for the Covid Alert NY app
- Click on the Install button to get the app on your PC.
Download the COVID Alert NY App by visiting ny.gov/covidalerts or directly from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. The more New Yorkers using the COVID Alert NY app, the more effective it will be as a tool to fight against COVID-19.