Contact tracing QR codes help Virginia school keep classrooms and cafeterias safer

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As students return to class, Patriot High School students will scan barcodes to reduce COVID-19 spread. Contact tracing QR codes aren’t a substitute for physical distancing and wearing masks properly, but one school in Virginia is hoping to use them as a tool to further reduce the risk of coronavirus spread. The Prince William County public school is encouraging students to scan quick response codes. Last week, an additional 9,000 students in 4th, 5th, 6th, and 9th grades returned to the classroom, following another 22,000 that have already been phased…

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California COVID-19 iPhone contact tracing app launches to provide exposure notifications

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Following a pilot program last month, the state has now rolled out the application. The California COVID-19 iPhone contact tracing app was launched last week. This followed a pilot of the application last month, almost six months after Google and Apple first made the Android and iPhone feature available. The state is aiming to use the app to help its 40 million residents to remain safer during the pandemic. Many other US states – and a number of countries worldwide, for that matter – have been using the technology in…

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Valenzuela City to use ValTrace QR codes for contact tracing

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The local government in the Philippines municipality is using the barcodes to boost COVID-19 response. The local government of Valenzuela City in the Philippines has decided to use the ValTrace QR codes app to help boost its COVID-19 response’s contact tracing. The free app can be used by residents and non-residents in order to help keep on top of the spread. Both residents and non-residents of the Valenzuela City will be required to use the app in order to gain access to public spaces. They will be required to show…

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Woolworths QR code contact tracing strategy to reduce chance of COVID-19 spread

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The grocery chain is also using mobile commerce tools to let customers book a shopping time. Woolworths has announced that it will start a pilot test of a QR code contact tracing strategy. It will also use its Rewards data where possible to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 among its shoppers. Customers can volunteer to take part in this tracing initiative by scanning a quick response code. To take part in Woolworth’s QR code contact tracing trial, customers will be offered the opportunity to scan a quick response barcode…

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Google and Apple team up on coronavirus contact tracing technology

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The tech giants have entered into a joint effort to use Bluetooth technology to assist health agencies. Google and Apple have announced that they intend to work together to enable the use of Bluetooth contact tracing technology to assist health agencies and governments in reducing the spread of COVID-19. They have stated that while it will involve tracking tech, user security and privacy will be at its heart. Around the globe, health authorities and governments have been working together to try to discover solutions to the coronavirus pandemic. They are…

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