The New Mexico Department of Health has announced the launch of a COVID-19 Exposure Notification System, NM Notify. When activated on a Smart Phone, the app alerts individuals when they have been exposed to someone who has verified that they are infected with COVID-19.
The app uses Bluetooth technology to communicate with other phones that have activated the app. If one users verifies an infection of COVID-19, all users that have been in contact with the infected person within a 14-day period will receive a notification of possible exposure, allowing you to reduce risk for your loved ones, seek timely medical attention, and stay home.
The NM Notify app is completely safe and anonymous, and fully protects users’ privacy. No personal data is collected through the app. The app is in wide use in many states and around the globe. According to Google and Apple data, every two downloads of the app can prevent one infection.
NM Exposure Notifications is a new service developed in partnership with Google and Apple to help slow the spread of COVID-19. By opting in, your device will share anonymous tokens with other NM Exposure Notifications users using your phone’s Bluetooth. If another user you’ve been near tests positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day period, you will be notified. If you test positive, you can easily and anonymously notify others to stop the spread of COVID-19. Tokens contain no personal information or location data and everything is completely anonymous.
NM Exposure Notifications, like wearing masks and keeping a safe distance, is another way to keep ourselves and our communities safe from the spread of COVID-19.
“This is a powerful tool in the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19. We strongly encourage the public to activate the NM Notify app on your iPhone or Android phone,” said NMDOH Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins. “In combination with vaccination, testing, and continued COVID-safe practices, this app will help us contain COVID-19 and protect New Mexicans.”