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