Bermuda’s New COVID-19 Exposure Notification App
What is WeHealth Bermuda?
To aid Bermuda in closely monitoring the local developments of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Government has launched WeHealth Bermuda, a new, free smartphone application that provides anonymous COVID-19 exposure notifications. It is one of the most sophisticated apps available anywhere in the world for helping to control the spread of COVID-19.
We urge all Bermudians and visitors to the island to download the app now from the App Store or Google Play. The app will run on iPhone models 6S and above with iOS version 13.7 installed. Android users can use the app if their phone supports Bluetooth Low Energy and Android Version 6 (API 23) or above.
To verify the model of your phone and which operating system version it is currently running:
iPhone: Go to Settings > General > About. Look for your software version and model name on the About screen.
Android: Go to Settings > About > Software Information. Look for your Android version on the Software Information screen and model number on the About screen.
Do you have questions about the WeHealth Bermuda app? Send us an email.
How Does WeHealth Bermuda Work?
WeHealth Bermuda is designed to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by anonymously notifying app users of potential exposure to COVID-19:
Bluetooth signals measure exposure distance and duration: When smartphones that have WeHealth Bermuda installed are near each other, the app uses Bluetooth signals to determine how close together the devices were, and for how long. No personally identifiable information is used or collected by the app.
Exposure notifications are sent automatically: WeHealth Bermuda users who test positive for COVID-19 will obtain their test results and a randomized, private verification code from The Ministry of Health. After the verification code is entered into the app, WeHealth Bermuda will automatically and anonymously notify others who may have potentially been exposed, according to the anonymous Bluetooth signals detected.
Guidance on what to do is provided in the app: Each WeHealth Bermuda COVID-19 exposure notification will show the date someone was potentially exposed to COVID-19 and what steps they should take next, according to The Ministry of Health’s recommendations. Because the app does not collect any personal information, all exposure notifications remain anonymous.
More Prevention Provides Greater COVID-19 Protection
Our families, neighbours, and communities depend on us to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Pairing WeHealth Bermuda exposure notifications with manual contact tracing means better protection for us all.
The Ministry of Health
Manual Contact Tracing
When a person receives a positive diagnosis, they can share their diagnosis anonymously in the app. WeHealth Bermuda then privately notifies all of the people an infected person was in close proximity with, even if they don't know that person.
When a person receives a positive diagnosis, a Public Health contact tracer will work with them to manually identify and notify others they may have exposed in recent interactions.
Created by WeHealth. Customized for Bermuda.
WeHealth is an international public benefit corporation that created WeHealth Bermuda, which leverages groundbreaking technology from Apple and Google’s jointly developed Exposure Notification System. This system has been adopted by several states in the US and countries around the world.
WeHealth has a track record of success at two American universities where the app achieved high rates of adoption. The Government of Bermuda has partnered with WeHealth specifically to customize the app for Bermuda and make it available for free to all residents and visitors.