CA Notify

Dear SDSU Community,

This week, Gov. Newsom announced a statewide expansion to make CA Notify available to all Californians. The mobile technology, released by Google and Apple, confidentially notifies individuals who opt in if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

We highly encourage that all members of the San Diego State University community activate the service today.

How to Access CA Notify

Detailed instructions are available online:

  • iPhone users can activate CA Notify via their settings (iOS 13.7 or later). There is no need to download an app.

  • Android users must download the CA Notify app from the Google Play Store.

  • Those who were pilot users of the service prior to today must update their iOS to 14.2 or later and follow additional instructions online.

Californians can begin receiving alerts from their phones on Thursday, Dec. 10. The campus community, including students, are able to and highly encouraged to activate and utilize the tool, which is offered at no cost.

How it Works

Users across the state are activating CA Notify, which uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology. The tool exchanges randomized codes with users who choose to opt-in.

When a person tests positive for COVID-19 and adds their unique, anonymous verification code to the app, those who were within contact of that individual within the last two weeks receive a notification and information about how to get tested to help prevent exposing others.

You will need to keep your Bluetooth on to receive notifications, and notifications will be offered in a range of different languages, including Chinese, English, Spanish, Hindi and Korean.

Your Privacy Matters

Your privacy is protected as your identity is not known and your location is not tracked. CA Notify does not gather your name, your contact information, your location or your movements.

Why You Should Activate Today

CA Notify offers an added layer of protection for you and for our regional and statewide communities by giving people more current information about their potential exposure to COVID-19.

This is another in a long line of tools available to protect yourself and others. In addition to CA Notify, you should continue wearing a face covering at all times when you are in the presence of others who are not members of your immediate household and also physically distancing, washing your hands regularly and following public health orders restricting certain in-person activities and travel.

As a reminder to our entire community, SDSU encourages general prevention, is offering ongoing testing to students and employees in coordination with the San Diego Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA), and keeps the COVID-19 site updated with news and other information. As you need counseling support and emergency assistance, rely on SDSU support services.

J. Luke Wood, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity

Jerry Sheehan
Vice President for Information Technology

Christian J. Holt
Associated Students President

Libby Skiles, Ed.D.
Student Health Services Director


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