COVIDWISE – Help Virginia Stop COVID-19

As of 1/14/2021, COVIDWISE has been downloaded 958,640 times!

Add Your Phone To The COVID Fight

Download Virginia’s free COVIDWISE Exposure Notifications app to help protect your community while protecting your privacy.

Download on the App Store

Supported on iOS 13.5 & 13.6, compatible with iPhone.

Get it on Google Play

Supported on Android Version 6 (API 23) or above.

If you are experiencing any app related issues or have feedback, please take a moment to fill out the form located here.


COVIDWISE is Virginia’s official exposure notifications app that lets you know if you’ve likely been exposed to another COVIDWISE user with a positive COVID-19 test result.

  • COVIDWISE is free to download on your smartphone and designed to completely protect your privacy.
  • The more Virginians that use COVIDWISE, the better you can be informed of potential exposure, which helps reduce your risk while protecting your family, friends and community. 
  • COVIDWISE is now connected to the National Key Server, which lets COVIDWISE anonymously share data with exposure notifications apps from other states.

How It Works

COVIDWISE uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to quickly notify users who have likely been exposed so you can reduce the risk of infection for your friends and family and help Virginia stop the spread.

After you download COVIDWISE on your iPhone or Android, follow the app instructions to turn on your Exposure Notifications. This allows you to be notified if you’ve likely been exposed. 

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Step 1

Download the free app  iPhone App Store or Android Google Play Store.

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Step 2

Once you opt-in to the notification system, the Exposure Notifications System will generate an anonymous token for your device. To help ensure these anonymous tokens can't be used to identify you or your location, they change every 10-20 minutes.

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Step 3

Your phone and the phones around you will work in the background, without draining your battery or data, to exchange these privacy-preserving anonymous tokens via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology. This is a passive process that begins once you opt-in and functions without the app open.

Step 4

On a daily basis, your phone downloads a list of all the anonymous tokens associated with positive COVID-19 cases and checks them against the list of anonymous tokens it has encountered in the last 14 days.

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If there's a match, the app will notify you with further instructions from your public health authority on how to keep you and the people around you safe.

VDH thanks the following Virginia businesses, organizations and institutions for joining the fight against COVID-19


We’ve answered a few frequently asked questions about COVIDWISE

Supporter Toolkit

Your company can join in by sharing COVIDWISE branded content!

Fact Sheet

Learn more about COVIDWISE and how it works using anonymous Bluetooth keys. Available in other languages.

App Privacy Policy

With COVIDWISE, your privacy and personal information are 100% protected.

COVID-19 Resources

Check out these additional resources regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contact Us

Additional questions? Want to support COVIDWISE Email us today!

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