App Provides Covid-19 Exposure Notifications

November 25, 2020 | 9 Comments

The WeHealth Bermuda app — a free smartphone application that provides anonymous Covid-19 exposure notifications — is now available for download in the app store.

This was announced during last night’s [Nov 24] press briefing, with Premier David Burt explaining that, “Once the app is downloaded and installed, it runs in the background, just like any other app on your smartphone. When phones that have WeHealth Bermuda installed are near each other, the app uses Bluetooth signals to determine how long and how close the users were together.

“If a WeHealth Bermuda user tests positive for the coronavirus, they can privately share their diagnosis within the app. WeHealth Bermuda will then automatically send an anonymous Covid-19 exposure notification to anyone who was in close proximity long enough to be considered at risk of Covid-19 infection.”

This news comes amidst the island experiencing escalating cases, with the Premier saying that “the last few days have made clear – we have had an outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Bermuda. We are hopeful that we have it contained, but the fact is that we cannot do it alone – it requires everyone’s assistance. Every single resident of the country.”

WeHealth Bermuda App November 2020

Speaking on the app last night, Premier Burt said, “This week we will pilot the WeHealth Bermuda app, a new, free smartphone application that provides anonymous Covid-19 exposure notifications. It is one of the most sophisticated apps available anywhere in the world for helping to control the spread of the coronavirus.

“The app leverages groundbreaking technology from Apple’s and Google’s jointly developed Exposure Notification System.

“When paired with manual contact tracing—and combined with other preventative measures, such as wearing masks and physical distancing—WeHealth Bermuda gives us all even greater protection from the coronavirus.

“The Government has partnered with WeHealth, an international public benefit corporation that created the WeHealth Bermuda app, to specifically customize this app for Bermuda.

“The Department of Health is in the final testing phases of WeHealth Bermuda. We do expect to find fixes and improvements that need to be made during early testing, but this is a normal part of any app launch.

“While we are in the final stages of testing the app, we welcome all Bermudians and visitors to download it ahead of the full launch from Apple’s App Store or Google Play. The app will run on iPhone models 6S and above with iOS version 13.7 installed. Android users can use the app if their phone supports Bluetooth Low Energy and Android Version 6 [API 23] or above.

“During this testing period, we welcome anyone who has downloaded WeHealth Bermuda app to send feedback on their app experience.

“Once the app is downloaded and installed, it runs in the background, just like any other app on your smartphone. When phones that have WeHealth Bermuda installed are near each other, the app uses Bluetooth signals to determine how long and how close the users were together.

“If a WeHealth Bermuda user tests positive for the coronavirus, they can privately share their diagnosis within the app. WeHealth Bermuda will then automatically send an anonymous Covid-19 exposure notification to anyone who was in close proximity long enough to be considered at risk of Covid-19 infection.

“Because the app logs Bluetooth signals and does not require contact information, WeHealth Bermuda can anonymously alert app users you do not personally know, which can help slow the spread.

“Every WeHealth Bermuda exposure alert will provide app users with the date and time of the possible exposure, along with an estimated risk level, and next steps to take from the Ministry of Health.

“Members of the WeHealth team met with the Privacy Commissioner and he supports the approach and steps the government has taken to protect the privacy and information of those who will download the app.

“WeHealth Bermuda notifications can help alert others to potential exposure, even before symptoms appear. Exposure notifications also allow people to quickly take the next step to help prevent any possible spread.

“WeHealth has a track record of success at two American universities where the app has been downloaded by 50,000 people. They have built off of that success to customize this app for Bermuda and our needs.

“You can also find more information about WeHealth Bermuda at gov.bm/wehealthpilot. Or you can download the app today, just search WeHealth Bermuda inside of your app store.

“Using technology, together we can make Bermuda safer.”

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  1. JohnBoy says:

    I’m not so sure I want my phone to be talking to someone else’s without my knowing.

  2. No to bug brother says:

    I am not allowing PLP to track my movements- big brother government at play here!

    • How Trump says:

      How Trump: all about yourself and to hell with the community, especially when it comes to health. Take a look at the results of this behaviour in the US where at the end of this (which is now in sight) there will be at least 500,000 dead if a not a million – all because of pathetic, selfish, ignorant, stupid, little Trump like piggies like you!

      By the way, your phone is tracked regardless. It’s become a fundamental tool of Police work. There is only one way to stay under the radar – No Tech, which most people are not willing to do.

  3. Cow Polly says:

    an app, Burt’s favourite thing. I’m sure this will fix everything ….

  4. CB2 says:

    It is NOT designed to give your location or other details to a higher power or store it in a central database.

    All information needed for track and trace is stored in an anonymously by your phone (not the app) and it remains on the phone.

    I have heard ppl talk about privacy concerns. This app is using the Apple & Google Exposure Notifications System which is specifically designed so that your personal information can’t be shared with them or government.

    This video explains well:
    https://www.google.com/covid19/exposurenotifications/

    For those of you still having concerns, this FAQ from Apple and Google explains how little data is collected and how little can leave your phone.

    https://covid19-static.cdn-apple.com/applications/covid19/current/static/contact-tracing/pdf/ExposureNotification-FAQv1.2.pdfhttps://covid19-static.cdn-apple.com/applications/covid19/current/static/contact-tracing/pdf/ExposureNotification-FAQv1.2.pdf

    • BS says:

      Really? We are to trust Apple and Google? BS!
      These companies routinely exploit all opportunities provided by their tech.

      You go ahead and participate- the rest of us will watch and see what happens!

  5. News Reader says:

    It would be nice if it was available on more devises. I can’t get it, no use to me. The economy in its poor state leaves much to be desired. Probably won’t get an upgrade anytime soon. Good news for nothing.

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