Per email from Lab Director Mike Witherell on November 18:
The Lab, along with many of the UC campuses, is participating in a pilot of a COVID-19 exposure notification system developed by Google and Apple that is intended to eventually roll out to the entire State of California.
This is not a replacement for contact tracing but uses technology to augment traditional tracing processes. Personal data is not collected and the Lab has no access to any information in the system. It is designed to be installed on the smartphone you primarily carry with you and can be installed on personal or lab-owned devices.
The pilot program’s primary goal is to determine whether using this smartphone technology can encourage users to respond to a high-risk exposure more quickly by self-isolating and receiving additional clinical resources, which are vital to mitigating the transmission of COVID-19.
The use of this tool is voluntary. It only works if enough people use it. Going into the holidays, I ask that you take some time to investigate this tool and consider using it yourself.
For more LBL COVID-19 information and resources, see website.