Pennsylvania Prepares To Launch Virus-Tracing App Next Month

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageHARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania plans to launch a coronavirus exposure-notification app in early September in an effort to more quickly break chains of transmission by using the new technology to notify people who may have been exposed, officials said Monday.The state has a $1.9 million contract, using federal grant dollars, to deploy and maintain the app with software developer NearForm Ltd, the Ireland-based company whose app there has been downloaded by more than one-fourth of that country’s residents.The app is based on smartphone technology developed by Apple and Google, and will undergo a pilot project next week, using state government employees and public health students, staff and faculty, officials told The Associated Press in an interview.The app will be interoperable with the state of Delaware’s app, and it also is expected to be interoperable with those of two other states, although Pennsylvania state officials declined to name those states because they are still in discussions with the app developer. “The app is about Pennsylvanians helping Pennsylvanians, it’s about as a community being able to let each other know and track each other’s exposure so we can keep each other safe,” said Health Department spokesperson April Hutcheson.It’s use will be limited to people 18 and over.It is similar to the app rolled out by Virginia earlier this month, when it became the first U.S. state to use new pandemic technology created by Apple and Google.North Dakota and Wyoming have also launched an app using the Apple-Google technology in recent days, and a number of other states are interested in it, Google has said. Delaware will launch its NearForm-developed app next month, said Jill Fredel, a spokesperson for the state’s Health and Social Services Department.It is designed to automatically notify people if they might have been exposed to the coronavirus, and state officials say the app does not store location information, personal information or the identify of anyone who is in close enough range to possibly be exposed.It relies on Bluetooth wireless technology to detect when someone who downloaded the app has spent time near another app user who later tests positive for the virus.As a threshold, the app uses the Centers for Disease Control guideline of being within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes, said Meghna Patel, deputy secretary for health innovation at the Department of Health.The identity of app users will be protected by encryption and anonymous identifier beacons that change frequently, the companies have said.Patel said Ireland and Germany are good examples for where apps like this have been successful. More than 25% or 30% of those countries’ populations have downloaded the app and it has issued notifications that helped break chains of transmission, Patel said.Someone who tests positive in Pennsylvania is reported to either the Department of Health or a municipal health department agency and contacted by a case investigator. That case investigator will ask the infected person if they have the app and if they are willing to use it to notify any mobile-phone users who have been in close contact with them in the past 14 days, state officials said.If they are willing to use it, they are given a six-digit code to enter to then issue a notification, state officials said. A person who receives a notification will get something like an alert to check the app, with instructions from the Department of Health on how to protect themselves and others, including information about staying at home, quarantining and seeking medical help.The identify of the person who was infected is shielded from people receiving a notification, and vice versa, they said.In addition to exposure notification, the Pennsylvania app will have a data feature that allows the user to see up-to-date information on case numbers, hospitalizations and deaths by county, as well a feature that helps the user to monitor their symptoms even if they have not tested positive, Patel said.last_img read more

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Bulldogs Tracksters Dominate South Dearborn Invitational

first_imgThe Bulldogs traveled to South Dearborn for their 8 team Invitational and put forth and unbelievable performance.The boys won by almost 100 points, scoring 184 points to Franklin County’s 88 points. Oldenburg was 3rd with 61, S. Dearborn-47, Rising Sun-46, Lawrenceburg-28, Switzerland County-26 and South Ripley-16.The girls won by over 100 points scoring 189 points to Franklin County’s 77 points. Switzerland County was 3rd with 66, followed by S. Dearborn-63, Rising Sun and Oldenburg both with 30, Lawrenceburg-25 and South Ripley-14.Batesville claimed the championship medals is many events and Kevin Bedel and Kim Tidman were both awarded the MVP trophies for the field events. Kevin placed 1st in shot put throwing a personal best of 42’3″, 2nd in the discus with a personal best of 122’4″ and 4th in the high jump at 5’6″. Kim won both the high jump at 5’2″ and jumping a personal best in the long jump at 16’9″.Other medal winners for the night were:Peter Heil in both the 110m hurdles(15.92) and 300m hurdles(41.59), John Moody in the 400m dash(53.55), Clare Bruns in the 300m hurdles(50.39), Kelsey Gausman in the 800m run(2:32.65), Mary Poltrack in the 3200m run(12:05.24), Jessica Wagers in pole vault (7’6″), the 4 x 800m relay of Mary Poltrack, Maria Wessel, Sarah Poltrack and Kelsey Gausman(10:37), 4 x 100m relays of Jacob Koehne, Michael Tunny, Garrett Yorn, Tanner Ayette(44.34) and Clare Bruns, Madeleine Robben, Mary Elizabeth Elkins and Sophie Meadows(53.11), 4 x 400m relays of Garrett Yorn, John Moody, Jacob Koehne, Michael Tunny(3:33.4) and Kelsey Gausman, Madeleine Robben, Mary Elizabeth Elkins and Haley Harmeyer(4:21.7).Runner up finishers and earning 8 points for the team were:Peter Heil-long jump, Robert Strobel-pole vault, Kevin Bedel-discus, Garrett Wagner-300m hurdles, Connor Bell-800m run, Michael Tunny-200m dash, Caleb Moster-3200m run, Clare Bruns-100m hurdles, Kelsey Gausman-1600m run, Audrey Hall-400m dash, Sarah Poltrack-800m run, Madeleine Robben-200m dash, Samantha Heidlage-discus, Lexi Hatcher-pole vault and the boys 4 x 800m relay of Caleb Moster, Cole Nuhring, Garrett Yorn and Connor Bell.3rd place and scoring 6 points were:Garrett Wagner-110m hurdles, Tanner Ayette-100m dash and 200m dash, Caleb Moster-1600m run, Luke Forbeck-discus, Tim Tunny-high jump, Haley Harmeyer-100m dash, Maddie Pierson- 400m dash, Maria Wessel-3200m run, Mary Elizabeth Elkins-long jump4th place and scoring 4 points were:Jacob Koehne-100m dash, Alex Jorgensen-400m dash, Cole Nuhring-800m run, Kevin Bedel-high jump, Nathan Bedel-pole vault, Sarah Poltrack-1600m run, Mary Elizabeth Elkins-200m dash, Lauren Eckstein-3200m run, Samantha Heidlage-shot put.5th place finishers with 2 points:Grant Meyers and Emma Gausman in the 1600m run.Finishing out the scoring in 6th place were:Garrett Yorn-long jump, Neal Nobbe and Avni Patel-shot put.As mentioned above…MANY personal bests were performed tonight, even in the cold weather. They are listed by event below…300m hurdles: Garrett Wagner and Clare Bruns.400 m dash-Alex Jorgensen.800m run-Sarah Poltrack.1600m run-Caleb Moster, Grant Meyers, Calvin Lehman, Emma Gausman.3200m run-Caleb Moster, Mary Poltrack, Maria Wessel, Lauren Eckstein.Long Jump-Peter Heil, Garrett Yorn, Kim Tidman, Mary Elizabeth Elkins.Shot Put-Kevin Bedel, Avni Patel.Discus-Kevin Bedel, Luke Forbeck.4 x 100 relay-Jacob Koehne, Michael Tunny, Garrett Yorn and Tanner Ayette.4 x 800 relay-Caleb Moster, Cole Nuhring, Garrett Yorn, Connor Bell.4 x 400 relay-Garrett Yorn, John Moody, Jacob Koehne, Michael Tunny and the 400 splits of Garrett Yorn and Jacob Koehne.The Bulldogs compete again at home next Tuesday against Rising Sun, Hauser and North Decatur.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.last_img read more

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