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New app aims to slow COVID-19 spread in NC

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Sep 23 2020
SlowCOVID19 AppOn Tuesday afternoon, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services launched “SlowCOVIDNC” – a new app that allows you to protect yourself and your community.

The app is available now on Google Play and Apple’s App Store.
 
SCC was one of a few select higher education beta testing sites that actively participated in development of “SlowCOVIDNC.” Scott Baker, Vice President of Information Technology, and Megan Nicholson, Emergency Services/Safety Coordinator, spearheaded Southwestern’s involvement in the project, which helps North Carolina residents slow virus spread by alerting them when they may have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
 
The app also allows users to self-report their own exposure, alerting others who may have been impacted.
 
“If just 14 percent of North Carolinians install the app, we could cut COVID-19 spread by 50 percent," Baker said. "Nobody wants to contract or spread this virus, and this app is a great way to protect yourself and your loved ones. I can tell you the developers of ‘SlowCOVIDNC’ take your privacy very seriously, and our entire goal is to help keep our families and communities safe. I’m extremely proud that SCC played a role in making this app a reality.”
 
To download the app today, simply search for “SlowCOVIDNC” on Google Play or the App Store.
 
For more information about how the app works, check out these talking points.