A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, Massachusetts is trying out a technological upgrade to its labor-intensive contact tracing efforts.
State public health officials began a pilot Monday with the cities of Somerville and Methuen on the so-called MassNotify mobile phone app, which sends users an alert if they were in close contact to someone who says they tested positive for COVID-19.
“It’s a new tool in our toolbox to fight COVID,” Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone told the Boston Herald. “We have to do everything we can to interrupt the transmission from person to person.”
Amid concerns about an uptick in coronavirus cases this spring with the vast majority of the population still unvaccinated, officials say the MassNotify app is intended to complement — not replace