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UArizona has stayed opened throughout the pandemic with the help of an app

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TUCSON (KVOA) – Back in August, The University of Arizona launched an anonymous COVID-19 exposure notification app. Now, they believe it has helped reduce the average number of Wildcats infected.

The app is called "COVID Watch". It's being used by both UArizona and at Northern Arizona University.

But, UArizona rolled it out as soon as they could. It is designed to anonymously alert users of exposure to COVID-19 and direct users to appropriate resources. Anyone is able to download the app, but its follow-up recommendations are tailored based on location. And, the more people that use it in your community, the more it works.

"It gives people another edge. A way to really take charge of their own health, to have better awareness of their exposure," said UArizona Professor Kacey Ernst.

UArizona believes that the app alone has helped reduce the average number of people infected on campus by at least 12%.

"COVID Watch" is available on both the App Store and Google Play. So far, it has over 14,000 downloads.

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Frankie McLister

Frankie McLister is the Multimedia Journalist for News 4 Tucson Today. His interest in storytelling began when he was young and loves telling those of Southern Arizona.

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