Exposure Notification App

Users of the GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification App can anonymously share a positive COVID-19 test result -- and be anonymously notified of potential previous close contact with someone who later reports a positive COVID-19 test result -- without sharing anyone's identity. The app protects your privacy while giving you the power to protect the health of yourself, your family, and your community.

The GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification App makes your privacy a priority. It does not collect identifying information such as your name, address, date of birth, contact information, or specific location data. Once you download the app and opt-in to the notification system, this tool will generate a random code for your device. To help make certain you can’t be identified, those random codes change every few minutes.

You can also turn Bluetooth sharing off and on at any time, and the app itself has been engineered so that it can’t be used to pinpoint a device’s specific location. You control any and all data you want to share, and whether or not you want to share it, and if you test positive, that information will only be shared with public health officials in your state.

Providing exposure notifications to users in our community can quickly give them the information they need to quarantine or seek testing or treatment to beat COVID-19.

The application is currently being tested by students, faculty, and staff from universities all across the state. Join the pilot program by clicking below and signing up with your ".edu" email address.

Please note: Use of the exposure notification app is voluntary but strongly encouraged.

Click below for a short guide to the Exposure Notification App.

Frequently Asked Questions about the GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification App

The GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification App allows you to anonymously share a positive COVID-19 test result – and be anonymously notified of possible previous close contact with someone who later reports a positive COVID-19 test result – without sharing anyone’s identity. The app protects your privacy while giving you the power to protect the health of yourself, your family, and your community.

Download the GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification App from the Apple Store or Google Play and open the app. Follow the directions within the app. You will need Bluetooth enabled on your device. When within six feet of others, phones exchange encrypted, anonymous codes via Bluetooth. If you test positive to COVID-19, you can send an anonymous notification to those with whom you came in close contact over the last 14 days. The notification they get from you is completely anonymous – they do not know from whom the notification came, the time, the location – only the date of the possible exposure.

The GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification App is a critical component to mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Technology is used to quickly and anonymously notify people who may have been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, including and especially those the person might not know directly.

The GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification App puts information about your exposure to COVID-19 in the palm of your hand – without compromising your identity or the identity of those around you. The app offers public health authority guidance on what you should do if you have been exposed. This tool will be a vital part of creating a safer community while managing the risk of growing case numbers across the state.

Yes. This app not only helps our campus, but it also helps create a safer and healthier community around you and around the state. If you test positive, the public health department will reach out to you to conduct traditional contact tracing. To do this, they will ask you who you have had close contact with in the last 14 days. Some people you will know, others you will not. The GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification App will anonymously notify the people who you know and those who you do not know. The more people who download and use the app, the more it can help mitigate the spread.

Traditional contact tracing is conducted by experts at public health departments. Through phone calls, they ask you for the contact information of everywhere you have been and everyone with whom you have been in contact over the past 14-day period. They, in turn, contact all of those places and people to inquire about symptoms. Traditional contact tracing will continue, and GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification app does not replace that. GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification app can, however, help anonymously notify those who you do not know or do not remember about possible exposure. It also anonymously notifies even people who you know and likely will do so sooner than notification from the public health department, thereby potentially markedly reducing exposure and spread.

Athens State is asking you to contribute to a healthier and safer community and state by using the GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification App. The more people who download and use the app, the more it can help mitigate the spread.

GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification App is not required but is strongly encouraged by Athens State University. Providing exposure notifications to users in our school, community, and state can quickly give them the information they need to quarantine or seek testing or treatment to beat COVID-19.

The GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification App protects your privacy while giving you the power to protect the health of yourself, your family, and your community. You control all data you want to share and the decision to share it. GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification App does not collect identifying information such as your name, address, date of birth, contact information, or specific location data.

Yes. Once you download the app and opt-in to the notification system, this tool will generate a random code for your device. To help make certain you can’t be identified, those random codes change every few minutes.

Yes. The GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification App will not share your identity with any other users.

GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification App can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.

No. If you test positive you are not identified to other participants or to Apple or Google.

No. All matching with other participants will be done through the exposure notification app on your device. Their identities will not be shared with you, Apple, or Google.

Google and Apple have created guidelines to ensure that your privacy is preserved. Each person will have to make a choice to turn on the technology. You can also turn it off at any time. Although your phone may be collecting location information, the exposure notification app does not collect specific location data from your device and does not share the identities of anyone with either Google or Apple.

Yes. The choice to use this tool rests with you, and you can turn it off at any time by uninstalling the exposure notification app or turning off exposure notifications in your Settings.

This app uses Bluetooth scanning to detect if two devices are close to each other without revealing their location to one another. Bluetooth scanning needs the device location setting to be “on” to detect nearby devices that also have the GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification app turned on. Although the tool uses Bluetooth, it has been engineered to include two additional privacy features so it can't be used to approximate a device's location. The exposure notification system uses rotating Bluetooth beacons, instead of a stable identifier for the device, so the device can’t be tracked over time. Apps using this tool are also prohibited from requesting the device location permission. Devices using Apple iOS do not use location settings.

No. The exposure notification app works on both devices. You do, however, need a newer operating system.

The GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification App uses Apple and Google's Exposure Notification API which is anonymous and doesn’t collect your data such as name, telephone number, and your specific location. This system prioritizes the health and safety of our community without compromising our personal privacy. This allows public health officials to share information about exposures and offer guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19 without invading your privacy. This app is not tracing or tracking you; it is anonymously notifying you and your community of potential exposures so you can act quickly and effectively to stop the spread.

Your phone number is used to send you a unique code to securely verify your test result. Your phone number is not saved.

“Random ID” refers to the random codes that devices exchange via Bluetooth, not your identity.

After you report a positive test, please return to Athens-State Healthcheck, through the app, and complete Athens-State Healthcheck again. If you have already completed your Athens-State Healthcheck today, please do it again tomorrow morning.

If, for at least 15 minutes, your device has been within about 6 feet of the device of someone who later submits a positive test, you will get an anonymous exposure notification if your exposure was within 14 days of that person’s positive test result. The distance is approximated by the strength of the random Bluetooth codes exchanged between devices. If you pass someone in a grocery store aisle or corridor at work, you likely would not receive a notification if that person later submits a positive test result because the length of time is not sufficient for exposure. But if you have a 20-minute conversation with someone you sit within 6 feet of next to on a park bench, you likely would receive an anonymous exposure notification if that person later submits a positive test result because of your proximity and the length of time you spent near them.