During a live 2 p.m. COVID-19 briefing on August 5, Governor Northam announced that Virginia will be the first state to use COVID-Wise, an app for smart phones that will notify users if they have come in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
According to a press release generated from the briefing, the app will not track location or store personal data. Users will have to indicate on the app if they test positive for COVID-19. The app uses Bluetooth to determine if anyone nearby with the app has indicated a positive test.
Northam also announced that Virginia is one of seven states, including that will be using rapid antigen tests. The others are Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina and Ohio. Antigen tests take only 15-20 minutes to determine whether someone has COVID-19 antibodies or not. Each state has purchased 500,000 tests.
Northam said cases are increasing by about 1,000 per day. Virginia has 95,049 total cases and 2,274 deaths.