Public Health to roll out 2 coronavirus apps on Guam

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The Emocha application will allow Public Health officials to communicate directly with COVID-patients and follow up on care.

The Department of Public Health and Social Services is planning to roll out two COVID-19 apps on Guam as the island continues its fight against the virus.

The department is finalizing training and resources for the first app, called Emocha, which should be rolled out within the next week, according to DPHSS director Linda De Norcey.

She added that the application will allow Public Health officials to communicate directly with COVID-patients and follow up on care.

DeNorcey said there’s also another software tool they’re looking at to employ on the island for contact tracing called Safe Places.

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“This is a device that is going to allow us to trace COVID-positive individuals every place they go. And we’ll be able to know where they have been. It has markers to identify where they travel and it’ll have a map of Guam. We’ve seen it already. And it’s open-source, it just has to be downloaded. It comes with a server that has to be manned and all this information is entered into the system,” De Norcey said.

She added that the application will also allow new people testing positive to trace back where they’ve been and possibly trace their interactions with someone else who’s infected.

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