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California rolling out new contact tracing app this week

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Posted at 11:43 AM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 15:22:30-05

California is rolling out a new contract tracing system that will send texts to people who may have been exposed to covid-19.

The Office of Emergency Management in Santa Barbara posted a tweet at about 11 a.m. saying cell phone users will receive an alert Tuesday, but this message is not coming from the county’s emergency notification system.

People who receive the alert should not call 911.

It's a part of the state's new notification system 'CA Notify' that goes live on Thursday.

Cell phone users will need to activate the service and then keep their phone’s Bluetooth on.

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Program designers say user privacy is protected and cell phone locations are not tracked.

For more information on the program, visit https://canotify.ca.gov/.