Alabama health department to discuss contact tracing app during Monday news conference

Dr. Karen Landers with the Alabama Department of Public Health said on Monday there will be a news conference regarding the state’s app that's being developed for coronavirus contact tracing.

Posted: Jul 31, 2020 11:59 AM
Updated: Jul 31, 2020 2:03 PM

UPDATE: Dr. Karen Landers with the Alabama Department of Public Health said on Monday there will be a news conference regarding the state’s app that's being developed for coronavirus contact tracing.

This is a partnership between Apple, Google and the state of Alabama. Landers said more information about the app will be released on Monday, particularly about the technical aspects.

In the news conference, we expect to hear from State Health Office Dr. Scott Harris and representatives from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Right now, the app will mainly be for colleges and universities, but Landers said it could be applicable at some point to the general population in Alabama.

We’re working to learn more about the news conference scheduled for Monday, including what time it will be held at.

Landers also said the Alabama Department of Public Health completed the development of a tool kit for case investigating, contact tracing and other coronavirus measures in schools. She said this will be discussed by the department in a webinar next week.

FROM EARLIER:

Officials are holding a news conference about coronavirus Friday afternoon in Huntsville.

At noon, we expect to hear from Dr. Karen Landers with the Alabama Department of Public Health and Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong.

You can find more coverage of the coronavirus pandemic here.

Stay with WAAY 31 on air and online for updates.

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