Against the backdrop of rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations nationwide, the start of the school year is quickly approaching — and universities are faced with the high-stakes decision of if and how they are going to bring students back to campus. Many are looking to technology solutions that can help stop the spread of coronavirus and empower communities to return safely to their daily lives. Covid Watch has built one such tool — a fully anonymous exposure notification app that notifies community members of potential COVID-19 exposure while protecting their privacy.Last month, Arizona became the first state to begin testing the Covid Watch app through a pilot at the University of Arizona. Home to roughly 60,000 students, faculty, and staff, the Tucson-based university, like nearly every other in the country, has been working continuously on the Herculean task of planning a safe reentry strategy for its bustling campus.
“Our faculty and other researchers continue to step up and find new solutions to this complicated health care issue,” said University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins in a report from the university. “Each solution provides another piece of our reentry strategy, and I am proud our faculty are the first to test this app.”