UH leadership encourages members of all campus communities to participate by installing the AlohaSafe Alert app to help keep Hawaiʻi safe.
University of Hawaiʻi leadership encourages members of UH campus communities to install and use the new AlohaSafe Alert, a free exposure notification app to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The app was created by the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health (DOH) in partnership with aio Digital and the Hawaiʻi Executive Collaborative.
Once added to a smartphone, AlohaSafe Alert will send a notification within 48 hours when an app user comes into close contact—within six feet for at least 15 minutes—with an individual, who is also using the app and has tested positive for the virus in the past 14 days.
All of the data collected will be kept anonymous and only DOH will have access to it. Should an app user test positive for COVID-19, their identity is kept private from all other app users, even if they receive an alert.
“Masks, distance and vaccines are all valuable tools against COVID-19,” says Libby Char, director of the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health. “The AlohaSafe Alert app is another important tool in the fight against COVID-19.”
Char says the innovative app was developed for the community, by the community, and it has the potential to greatly increase the speed of the exposure notification process, allowing anyone who receives an alert to quickly self-quarantine and get tested if needed.
“We encourage the members of our campus communities to participate by using the AlohaSafe Alert app to help keep our state safe,” says Garret Yoshimi, UH vice president of information technology and chief information officer. “We know first hand how apps such as this help in our fight against COVID-19. Each of us must do our part to help keep our community safe.”
AlohaSafe Alert was first piloted on Lānaʻi and in Hāna, Maui on November 17, and expanded to Maui County on December 16. The app has been downloaded more than 14,000 times.