Apple and Google COVID-19 contact tracing apps not widespread yet

The new contract tracing software from Apple and Google is up and running now, but their use is not widespread. They only work in conjunction with official state apps, and most states aren’t yet participating.

USA TODAY found just 14 states with contract tracing apps in the Apple and Google app stores: New Jersey, New York, Arizona, North Carolina, Florida, Delaware, Virginia, Nevada, South and North Dakota, Wyoming, Alabama. Rhode Island and Pennsylvania. The New York and New Jersey apps just launched.

Some states are testing the software now, before deciding whether to go forward. Arizona and California, for instance, are testing it now. “The purpose of the pilot is for the state, along with local health entities and academic partners, to study the efficacy of the app,” said Dr. Erica Pan, California’s Interim State Public Health Officer.