The app was first piloted in November but launched statewide in January. It sends alerts — like a weather notification — to the phones of users who came into close contact with someone confirmed to be infected.
The uptick stems from a recent software update that enables older iPhones to run the a notification system without downloading the app. That software was developed by Google and Apple and has been customized by jurisdictions across the country.
Hawaii’s AlohaSafe Alert app was developed through a public-private partnership with the Hawaii Department of Health, aio Digital and the Hawaii Executive Collaborative with funding from DOH and the private sector.
Support from local musicians including Anuhea, J Boog, Fia and The Green, who encouraged participation on social media, has also helped boost participation, developers said.
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