Thoughts on COVID Notifications

Lake Tahoe view from Zephyr Cove hike.
View from a morning hike at Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

A notification just popped up on my iphone. It was from the state of Nevada and it stated it could let me know if I’d been exposed to someone with COVID. This really creeped me out. How did they know I had visited Nevada for the weekend?

Seriously. This is scary. Are we being tracked? I wanted to look back at the notification so I could write down the verbiage, but it disappeared off my phone as quickly as it appeared.

I checked out the Nevada state’s COVID website and found what must have been it: COVID Trace.

COVID Trace is a free, easy-to-use mobile phone app that gives us the information we need to fight COVID-19, without compromising your privacy.

The app will help Nevadans protect each other and slow the spread by notifying you if you’ve likely been exposed to COVID-19. Empowering you to quarantine effectively, seek timely medical attention, and reduce risk for your loved ones.

COVID Trace is a contact tracing mobile app developed by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services that uses a technology called the Exposure Notifications System from Google and Apple. The app exchanges anonymous information with other phones in your vicinity and can notify you if you’ve come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

My question remains. Why did the state of Nevada send a message to my phone? How did they know I was there?

What are your thoughts about this app? Would you sign up for it? How do you think they traced me to being in Nevada and had my cell phone number?

15 thoughts on “Thoughts on COVID Notifications

  1. SO yeah.. that’s creeeepy. It’s presented all warm and fuzzy like, but I think we have seen how this can work.. remember some of the stories that sounded like house arrest when this thing got started. What if you are told to quarantine, you disagree (maybe cause you’ve had the vaccine) and next thing you know you are getting pulled over in your car and fined..or worse.

      • It’s gotta be your cell phone, right? It’s like when I talked to my daughter about murphy beds (of all things) and the next day I had an ad for them on my laptop

      • So creepy, like we said. It’s not like you did a google search for Murphy beds. Also, I’ve heard from other people that when they move out of the state of California, CA tries to keep taxing them for state income tax. They check your ATM, credit cards etc. to find out if you’re spending time in the state. I bet they’re tracking us on our phones too.

  2. I would turn my phone off when I left the state…lol….and keep my location finder off…you were tracked down by Covid tracers. I went to an interview recently and the principal was wearing a mask. So was the one other applicant. I was not. Neither were the ensuing applicants. Not before I blurted out, “If we had the shots, do we have to wear this….” LOL.

    • If I would have turned off my phone, I’d never have gotten the call from my dad mistakenly pushing the button around his neck. I agree with you about wearing the masks if you have the shots. Good for you for speaking up.

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