Freeland isolating after notification from COVID Alert app

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By Graham Slaughter, CTV News

TORONTO -- Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland is in isolation awaiting results of a COVID-19 test after she received a notification from the government’s COVID Alert app about a possible exposure.

Freeland was tested Saturday shortly after receiving the notification.

“Today, I had a COVID-19 test after I received a notification from the COVID Alert app. I am isolating at home while I wait for the results of the test. My thanks to our excellent health care professionals,” Freeland tweeted.

She urged Canadians to download the app, calling it “an important tool in our fight against the virus.”

COVID Alert allows users to disclose a positive coronavirus test and alerts anyone who has come close to that person in the past 14 days via Bluetooth tracking. Public health officials have stressed that it does not track location and has no way of knowing an individual’s location, address, contacts, or health information.

Nearly five million Canadians have downloaded the app and 2,387 people have entered a positive test result since it was launched earlier this year.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday that the government is working to improve the app so that it can do a better job “pinpointing moments of exposure and moments of testing.”

The app is available in all provinces except for Alberta and B.C.

Several politicians have tested positive for COVID-19, including Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole and Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet.

With files from CTVNews.ca's Sarah Turnbull in Ottawa​

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