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Gov. Lamont: State to work with Apple, Google to use COVID-19 exposure notification app

Held bond commission meeting earlier where
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HARTFORD, Conn — Governor Ned Lamont announced Tuesday that the state would be working with Apple and Google to provide information for apps that would notify a person of possible exposure to COVID-19. 

The governor's press briefing took place after the monthly bond commission hearing.  

The governor and his staff explained that the app, which will be available on iOS and Android devices would let the phone's owner know if they had been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. The tech companies have developed which will use anonymous data to match locations of people. The governor said other states were using the apps. He said the system would be an enhancement of the state's current tracking program which uses interviews and calls. He said people are 10 times more likely to use the system than rely in phone calls. 

Governor Lamont said the state will be receiving 69,000 COVID-19 rapid test kits that the state plans to send to public schools.

Lamont also said he plans to extend the moratorium on evictions beyond October 1. Details are expected to be announced soon. 

During the bonding commission hearing earlier in the morning, commissioners approved funds for continuing to upgrade the outdated computers as the Department of Labor. Also approved were grants to towns to improve school buildings. 

The State Bond Commission determines that it is in the state's best interest to: approve project funding requests on an agenda submitted by the Governor. The approve the amount and timing of bond sales as requested by the State Treasurer.