Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon, in partnership with developer ProwdCrowd, has made available a free mobile app to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Governor Gordon said that the app, Care19 Diary, is available now for mobile phones and is already in use in North Dakota and South Dakota.
According to information from Governor Gordon’s office, once the app is downloaded, users are assigned a random ID number and the app will create a diary of where an individual has visited throughout the day. The ID number of each individual contains no personal information besides location data. Individuals are then encouraged to review the diary to ensure the tracking of locations is correct, adding visits that may have been missed, or deleting others that may have been suggested in error.
The app will only suggest locations of places a person visits for 10 minutes or more. A user can clear their history at any point as well. If you test positive for COVID-19 in the future, you can use the phone diary to help contact tracers protect others that may have been in contact with you. Another option for a user is to consent to share the information about locations you’ve visited with the Department of Health to support the critical contact tracing process. The app is available for free at the play store on most mobile phones.