In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Governor Mark Gordon announced via a press release Wednesday that the state has now partnered with North Dakota based software developer ProudCrowd to offer its Care19 Diary mobile tracking application to residents.
The application is an adaptation of the company’s popular Bison Tracker app, which was developed to help sports fans keep track of each other when traveling to games. Once downloaded, the Care19 Diary app assigns the user a random ID number and creates a diary of the locations the user visits daily, going back fourteen days. If a user tests positive for COVID-19 in the future, the app can be used to trace their activity for the previous two weeks. Contact tracers can then backtrack to find others who were potentially exposed. The app requires no log-in or other personal data. It simply logs movement. User privacy is protected, and the user must choose to share the data with public health officials.
The Care19 Diary app has been in use in both North and South Dakota since April. In a prepared statement, Gordon said, “Here in Wyoming, the more citizens who choose to voluntarily participate, the more effective our fight against COVID-19 will be. The information this app gathers can save lives. Embracing this technology is one more way we can show we’re all in this together.”
Care19 Diary is now available in the Apple App Store and the Android Play Store, and is a free download.
ProudCrowd plans to release an additional app, Care19 Alert, later this month. The new application will use Bluetooth technology to let users who have tested positive, and who consent, notify others when they’ve come in close contact, so they can take appropriate actions.
A look at reviews of the application on the Apple App Store reveals some users have had issues with the accuracy of the tracings. The company encourages users to actively monitor their diaries, and to report any discrepancies they encounter.
For more information about the Care19 apps, visit covid19.wyo.gov.