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Getting Answers: Contact tracing apps coming to Arizona?

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TUCSON (KVOA) - As contact tracing ramps up in Arizona, some viewers have asked about contact tracing apps offered in Arizona.

The University of Arizona is currently testing out a smartphone app that will alert students and employees if they are exposed to COVID-19.

The app is developed by COVID Watch and exposure alerts will go out without having to collect any personal identifying user information, according to the University of Arizona.

News 4 Tucson reached out to the university for comment on the testing phase and if there is a launch date, but have not heard back yet.

Android phones received an update that now lets users have the option to turn COVID-19 exposure notifications on or off.

However, in order to turn the notifications on, the user will have to download an official app from their region's government public health authority if available.

A spokesperson with the Pima County Health Department told News 4 Tucson that it is not utilizing apps for contact tracing at this time.

If you have a question about the coronavirus, email GettingAnswers@KVOA.com and News 4 Tucson's Priscilla Casper will answer questions during the 6 p.m. newscast.

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