Oregon Exposure Notifications Pilot Program

Oregon State University is working with the Oregon Health Authority to pilot Oregon Exposure Notifications, a smartphone-based system developed by Google and Apple that sends users an alert when they’ve had a high-risk exposure to COVID-19.

About the Pilot

The Oregon Exposure Notifications app is being made available as an early release to specific groups of users by the Oregon Health Authority, in preparation for making it available state-wide. This method uses the Bluetooth on your smartphone to quickly notify you if another user might have exposed you to COVID-19. This technology is powered by Apple and Google, and allows you to:

  • Receive anonymous alerts if you have been in close contact with another user who later tests positive for coronavirus.
  • Anonymously alert other users you were in close contact with if you test positive for coronavirus, without sharing any personal information.

Oregon Exposure Notifications can help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). It gives you an easy, automated way to find out if you might have been close to another person who tested positive for COVID-19 for a sustained period of time, and connects you with the resources you need if you are exposed. It does all this while preserving your privacy, and ensuring you are in control of your information. Using Oregon Exposure Notifications is entirely your choice and you can turn the system off or deactivate the app at any time. Oregon Exposure Notifications will never collect, track, or store your location, GPS information, or personal information.

The early release of the app is intended to help the Oregon Health Authority understand how the app can best support the health of the people of Oregon. The app is expected to be available state-wide in January, 2021, and will be available to everyone in Oregon at that time.

TRACE-OSU

Oregon State is linking the Oregon Exposure Notification pilot with TRACE-OSU. Pilot participants who receive an exposure notification will be invited to get a free follow-up COVID-19 test to help understand the impact of their exposure. Learn more about the TRACE-OSU program.


How it Works

Add to your Android device

  1. Download Oregon Exposure Notifications
    1. Click to download the Oregon Exposure Notifications app
  2. Open the app
    1. Once installed, the app will now appear on your device as 'Oregon Exposure Notifications'.

Add to your iOS device (Requires iOS 13.7 or later)

  1. Download the pilot profile
    1.  Click to download the profile on Safari on your iPhone
    2. If prompted, click 'Allow' to allow the download of the configuration profile
    3. If prompted where to install, select 'iPhone'
    4. Click 'Close' to acknowledge the profile downloaded message
  2. Install the pilot profile
    1. Go to Settings > General > Profile (note that, instead of “Profile” it might appear as “Profiles & Device Management”)
    2. Tap on the Profile called “ENX Oregon Pilot Configuration”
    3. Tap 'Install' and enter device pin code
    4. Tap 'Install' again, and tap 'Install' a third time.
    5. Tap 'Done'
  3. Turn on exposure notifications
    1. Go to Settings > Exposure Notifications > Turn on Exposure Notifications
    2. Tap 'Continue' and select United States > Oregon when prompted
    3. Scroll down and tap 'Agree' to accept terms.
    4. When prompted, tap 'Turn on' to configure exposure notifications.
    5. You will see a confirmation that exposure notifications are enabled. Tap 'Done' to finish.
      Please note that the “Availability  Alerts” setting is related to being notified when Oregon Exposure Notifications are rolled out statewide. This setting is not relevant to the OSU  pilot.

For more detailed instructions and information on opting-out/uninstalling, see the full instructions.

  

Have questions about installing Oregon Exposure Notifications? Contact the Service Desk.

Frequently Asked Questions

Students, faculty, employees and staff who work or learn Oregon State may choose to participate in the pilot program. The pilot is not currently open to the general public.

Oregon Exposure Notifications is based on Google/Apple Exposure Notification technology, which was designed to safeguard user privacy. The system never collects or shares any location data or personal information with Google, Apple, Oregon State, the State of Oregon, or other users. In addition, participation is entirely voluntary — users can opt in or out at any time. For more information about the measures in place to safeguard user privacy, see the privacy policy.

Anyone at Oregon State with an iPhone or Android smartphone who is eligible can participate in the pilot. No additional equipment or special training is necessary.

The pilot begins on Monday, November 9, 2020, and will end four to six weeks after the start date. The exact end date of the pilot remains to be determined. Users will receive a notification if and when Oregon Exposure Notifications becomes available statewide.

Epidemiologists and public health experts will assess the pilot to determine whether exposure notifications are an effective way to curb the spread of COVID-19. Their assessment will help the state determine whether to make Oregon Exposure Notifications available to all Oregonians. Please note that Oregon Exposure Notifications and other exposure notification technologies are not intended to serve as a replacement for human contact tracers.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and have symptoms, stay home; avoid close contact with others; and contact your health care provider, Student Health Services, or an emergency medical care provider.

If you’re a Oregon Exposure Notifications user and you receive an exposure notification, you will receive a link to a website that provides you with information about what to do next and how to keep those around you safe. Please visit the website and carefully read and follow the instructions provided.