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How to navigate the new COVID Trace Nevada smartphone app

Posted at 2:23 PM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 12:13:07-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The COVID Trace Nevada smartphone app is officially available for download and officials say it is an additional tool, along with traditional contact tracing, to help get the coronavirus under control in the state.

The app launched on Monday and is free to all Nevadans and visitors.

Here's how it works.

Once you download the app, you’ll need to opt-in to the exposure notification system.

Your phone, and surrounding phones, will work through Bluetooth to check for any user associated with a positive COVID-19 case.

If there’s a match, the app will notify the user with further instructions on what to do to stay safe.

Many companies across the valley, including hotels and casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, are encouraging their employees to download the app.

The state’s resort industry will also be encouraging its guests and employees to use it.

Ultimately, the use of this app is completely voluntary and officials say it requires a user opt-in.

The app is a collaboration between the private sector COVID-19 Response, Relief, and Recovery Task Force and the public sector through the Division of Public and Behavioral Health.

You can download the COVID Trace Nevada app in the Apple App Store or in Google Play.