The Washington State Department of Health has employed the service of Stone Gossard of of the legendary Seattle rock band Pearl Jam to help them spread awareness of a new application that lets people know if they have come into contact with anybody that has Covid-19.
The app is free and available for both iOS and Android users and is called "WA Notify". According to the Department of Health's official YouTube page:

"WA Notify is free exposure tool that can be enabled in iPhone settings, or downloaded as an app from the Google Play Store for Android phones here: Users can opt out at any time. Once voluntarily activated, phones with WA Notify use Bluetooth technology to exchange random codes with the phones of other users they are near. It does this without revealing a user’s identity or location. Users who test positive for COVID-19 can enter a verification code provided by public health into WA Notify, so that other users who have been near them within the last 14 days can be anonymously alerted and take appropriate action.
To learn more:
Visit to see how easy it is to add WA Notify to your smartphone
Visit to find more COVID-19 information and resources."

In the video (see: below) Gossard demonstrates how to access and enable the free exposure notification tool, which works through smartphones to alert users if they may have been exposed to COVID-19.

WA Notify is completely private and doesn’t know or track who you are or where you go. It uses privacy-preserving technology jointly developed by Google and Apple and works without collecting or revealing any location or personal data.

Since launching on Nov. 30, nearly 1.4M residents statewide have enabled the tool.

For the latest news on the coronavirus here in the Yakima Valley and state of Washington, opt-in for our "Alerts" via our free mobile app!

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