Buyers with protective face mask in supermarket during coronavirus covid-19 pandemic

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Governor Jared Polis took to Facebook live for a press conference on Friday afternoon to address the fight against COVID-19 in the state of Colorado. Included in the conference was an update on Colorado's new exposure tracking tool that requires individuals to opt-in on a smartphone device.

After stressing how much the spread of COVID-19 has grown in Colorado in recent weeks, Polis moved on to update the state on Colorado's new exposure notification system, encouraging more Coloradans to participate.

Designed to notify participating Coloradans when they've likely encountered COVID-19, more than a million Coloradans have opted-in to the new service since it went live in recent weeks. Polis called the service a "powerful new tool," with over 17 percent of Coloradans already participating. According to Polis, studies from Oxford show that if at least 15 percent of a population opts in, there can be an 8 percent reduction in COVID-19 infections and a 6 percent reduction in COVID-19-related deaths.

Polis stated that the next goal for the service is for it to reach two million users in Colorado.

Smartphone-based, the service is available on Apple and Android phones. According to a website about the service, user locations are never tracked via GPS, rather Bluetooth is used to determine when possible COVID-19 encounters have occurred.

The service is set up to notify a user if it has been determined that they've been near another user that tests positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day window.

Find more information about the service on AddYourPhone.com.

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Spencer McKee manages the OutThere Colorado digital publication as the Director of Content and Operations. In his spare time, Spencer loves to rock climb, trail run, and mountain bike. Follow along with his adventures on Instagram at @spence.outside

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