(SS) – It’s a scary notification to get on your cellphone: “Attention: You may have been exposed to COVID-19.” That ominous warning is part of a new app called CombatCOVID that offers South Floridians a chance to see what has been invisible until now:


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whether they’ve crossed paths with someone who has the new coronavirus. The app was developed by Shield Group Technologies in But despite more than a million dollars in government support, the app still faces questions about how widely it will be accepted and whether it can truly make a difference in the battle against a raging disease.

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Backers, including government officials in South Florida, are not deterred. They say they’re open to any tool that might help stem the spread of the coronavirus. Palm Beach County is paying $875,600 from its federal coronavirus aid to use the app, which the developer will maintain up to 2024. Miami-Dade plans to pay $775,000. Broward County Mayor Dale Holness said Broward may use the app, too, but that has not been determined. READ MORE

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