Novel coronavirus information

November 3, 2020

Students offered early access to COVID-19 exposure notifications app

This message was sent by The UW WA Notify Team to students living on or near the University of Washington’s Seattle campus, or who are taking at least one in-person course.

Protect Yourself, Protect Your Pack.

You have the opportunity to receive early access to a new COVID-19 exposure notification app.

The University of Washington is partnering with the Washington State Department of Health to offer early access to the Washington COVID-19 Exposure Notifications app to select UW students living on or near campus. This early access project will help the Washington State Department of Health pilot mobile phone-based exposure notifications prior to making the app available state-wide at the end of November.

The WA Exposure Notifications app gives you an easy, automated way to find out if you’ve had a potential COVID-19 exposure from another app user. It does all this while preserving your privacy and ensuring you are in control of all of your information.

Exposure notifications from this app can help keep you and other Huskies safer and help slow the spread of coronavirus on the UW campus and in our broader community. Participation is voluntary and is in addition to — not a replacement for — the important COVID-19 contact tracing currently being done by UW’s Environmental Health and Safety Department and your local health jurisdiction.

If you are interested in participating, you can download the app at

Whether or not you download the WA Exposure Notifications app, please take our brief survey to tell us what you think of using mobile technology to control the COVID-19 pandemic.

The WA Exposure Notifications app is currently available only to University of Washington students. The app is planned to go live state-wide on November 30, 2020. The app must be downloaded via links provided in this email and is not searchable in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. If this email is forwarded to users outside of the UW community, app features and communications may not be relevant to the user until the state-wide launch.