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St Paul (KROC AM News) - A new COVID-19 app that was offered to Minnesotans less than two weeks ago has already been downloaded more than 200,000 times.

The COVID-19 Exposure Notification App was developed by Apple and Google in partnership with PathCheck Foundation.

It’s hoped the app will help slow the spread of the covid virus.

Gov. Tim Walz Friday announced that in the first week it became available, over 230,000 Minnesotans downloaded it. Within two days of the app’s November 23 launch, it reached the #3 most popular utilities app in the iPhone App Store.

Walz says COVIDaware MN “has strong support throughout the state, and works best when local organizations lead adoption for their communities. Eight universities and colleges are partnering with Minnesota to encourage adoption of COVIDaware MN, and many more are conducting outreach to their communities. Alongside partnerships with higher education institutions, Minnesota is working with health organizations and trusted faith community partners to encourage the adoption of COVIDaware MN.”

News update:  A Covid-related housing assistance program for Minnesotans ends Monday.

 

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