There’s an easy and private new way to help stop the spread of COVID-19
State agencies and their partners across Washington state have been doing outstanding work for many months to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Each one of us has taken steps to protect the health and safety of our customers and our communities during this pandemic.
We’re excited to share there’s something new you can do to help stop the spread of COVID-19. On November 30, the Washington State Department of Health launched WA Notify. When you enable WA Notify on your smartphone, it can alert you if you may have been exposed to COVID-19. It is completely private and doesn’t know or track who you are or where you go. It’s also free and voluntary. You can opt in at any time or opt out later if you change your mind.
How does it work?
WA Notify allows your smartphone to exchange random, anonymous codes with the phones of other WA Notify users nearby. The app uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to exchange these random codes without revealing any information about you. If another WA Notify user you've been near in the last two weeks later tests positive for COVID-19 and adds their verification code to the app, you’ll get an anonymous notification that you’ve had a possible exposure. This lets you take action quickly to help prevent you from spreading COVID-19 to the people around you.
Here's how to add WA Notify to your phone:
On an iPhone
- Enable Exposure Notifications in Settings:
- Go to Settings
- Scroll down to Exposure Notifications
- Click “Turn On Exposure Notifications”
- Select United States
- Select Washington
On an Android phone
- Go to the Google Play Store
- Download the Washington Exposure Notifications app
Thank you for your continued efforts to keep yourself, your friends and loved ones, and your community safe.