New smartphone app tells New Yorkers if they’ve been exposed to coronavirus

Albany, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today a new smartphone app is available that will tell New Yorkers if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.

Smartphone users who download the free app, called “Covid Alert NY,” will be notified if they have been within six feet of an infected person for at least 10 minutes.

“It’s using technology on a level it’s never been used before,” Cuomo said in a telephone press briefing.

Cuomo said the new app is voluntary and anonymous. It can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

The state Health Department will contact people who have tested positive and ask them to anonymously participate in the smartphone contract tracing program. New Yorkers who are notified by the app that they have been exposed will be directed to quarantine, stay home and call a doctor.

The app

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New Yorkers want more pathways to tech jobs, according to Tech:NYC poll

Tech:NYC has pitched training programs as a way to help resolve tensions between business interests and residents that have flared up around expansion plans in Industry City, as well as at Amazons collapsed deal for a headquarters in Long Island City. 


Its clear that the technology industry can and should do more to help New Yorks recovery and ensure New Yorkers have access to jobs, said Julie Samuels, the groups executive director. But the answer shouldnt be No, tech companies shouldnt grow here. Instead, they should be working with city and state governments to ensure they are integrating into the fabric of New York. 


About half of the survey’s respondents said they think learning technology skills is expensive, intimidating and centered around Manhattan.


Tech:NYC released a list of recommendations this year

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