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Newfoundland and Labrador first in Atlantic Canada to launch COVID-19 app

The COVID Alert app is seen on an iPhone in Ottawa, on Friday, July 31, 2020. The app tracks the locations of phones relative to other phones, and notifies users if they have been in proximity to another app user who has tested positive for COVID-19.
The COVID Alert app is seen on an iPhone in Ottawa, on Friday, July 31, 2020. The app tracks the locations of phones relative to other phones, and notifies users if they have been in proximity to another app user who has tested positive for COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Newfoundland and Labrador will be the first province in Atlantic Canada to adopt Canada’s COVID Alert app.

The app will provide up-to-date information and alerts in case of a COVID-19 outbreak.

A news release says N.L. Premier Andrew Furey will join Digital Government Minister Sarah Stoodley and top doctor Janice Fitzgerald on Thursday morning to talk about the app launch.

It says the conference will be streamed on the provincial Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts.

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Last month, P.E.I. said the province was debating on introducing the COVID-19 app, but is holding off on making a decision until data is available from Ontario where a contact tracing app has already been launched.

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Quebec, on the other hand, decided not to use an app for contact tracing and information.

Read more: P.E.I. to see how COVID-19 app fares in Ontario before final decision on use

Newfoundland currently has one active case of COVID-19 and reported no new cases on Wednesday.