Apple and Google have decided to turn off the underlying exposure notification system currently used by Wehealth. This means that beginning on Sep 18, 2023 your phone will no longer notify you if you were near someone who tested positive for COVID-19. However, the app is still the best way to keep up with local community COVID-19 levels tracked by the CDC and you will continue to receive notifications of changes in Covid-19 levels and links to relevant information from public health resources.
Though Google Apple COVID-19 exposure notification may be ending, we are marching along on our mission to develop trusted technology that keeps our communities informed and safe. We are actively working on a new exposure notification protocol that can be used for all hazards, not just COVID-19, and it will become available in the future once testing, calibration and trials are completed. We are also currently testing a new alert system based on data from the National Weather Service that provides local resources and personalized recommendations for weather-related emergencies like air quality, extreme heat, flooding, and wildfires. In partnership with health authorities, academic institutions and research organizations worldwide, we will continue to adapt the app to keep you informed and prepared for the ever-changing risks we face.
You can learn more about this change here: Google & Apple Shut Down Exposure Notifications