October 1, 2020 | technology | No Comments
Residents of New York and some surrounding states can now use their smartphones to track whether they have come close to someone with the coronavirus.
New York and New Jersey on Thursday released apps that use new technology from Apple and Google that detects nearby phones and can notify people if they spent time with someone who was later tested positive for the virus.
New York and New Jersey are the latest states to enable its residents to use the technology, joining at least 13 other states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wyoming.
Residents of those states can turn on so-called exposure notifications in their phones’ settings. Depending on the phone, people might have to download an app run by their state.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York said on Thursday that the technology would work with the