The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) has an official mobile app available for download, COVID Alert PA, that uses the Exposure Notification System (ENS) provided by Apple and Google. This free app allows users to opt-in to receive alerts if they have had a potential exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, which can help users take timely and appropriate action. While this app does not replace Lehigh’s manual contact tracing efforts and use of the app is not mandatory, broad participation would help increase its effectiveness. COVID Alert PA also provides a useful positive case breakdown by county as well as other informative statistics that are built in, which are updated continuously.
The app will never collect, transmit, or store your personal information and is completely anonymous. More than 400,000 Pennsylvanians have downloaded the app.
Remember- when completing your HawkWatch Self Assessment, you should answer Yes to Question 4: In the past 14 days have you had close contact with a person who is known to have or is suspected of having COVID–19?
Completing the check-in process on the COVID Alert PA is a personal decision that you have to make. Completing this process DOES NOT replace the HawkWatch Daily Self Assessments.
Yes, you still need to complete the daily HawkWatch Self Assessments. The COVID Alert PA is an application that is owned and operated by the State of Pennsylvania and Lehigh has no access to the application and data. The HawkWatch Self Assessment is one of the factors that grant you building access on campus, so to continue to gain access, you need to successfully complete your HawkWatch Self Assessment.