(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:
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.
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