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New Jersey County Launches Coronavirus Resource App

The Burlington County Health Department launched an app to assist users with COVID-19 information, health resources and related social determinants of health. The app is the first of its kind for a New Jersey health department.

by Burlington County Times, Willingboro / May 19, 2020
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(TNS) — The Burlington County Health Department launched a news coronavirus-related mobile app to keep users up to date on health information and programs during the pandemic.

On Monday, the county announced the new app that can be downloaded to smartphones and mobile devices for free. Officials said it would assist users with COVID-19 information, health resources and related social determinants of health.

"As part of Burlington County's commitment to the community, we are doubling down on our population health outreach efforts of the past and pledging to continue communicating what is available to meet the needs of the community during these challenging times," said county Health Department Medical Director Dr. Herb Conaway said.

Officials said the app is the first of its kind for a New Jersey health department. After downloading the app, users can receive up-to-the-minute notifications on emergency issues from the health department, and stay alerted to other information.

The app also includes a COVID-19 feature, with both CDC and local Burlington County information. App users can sign up for alerts from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) by going to Notifications under the Settings feature, officials said.

"The app is an exciting addition to the great work the health department is doing, and we many residents find it helpful. There is a variety of topics available such as information about communicable diseases, our animal shelter, COVID-19 clinics and events, and health department programs and services," Burlington County Freeholder Director Felicia Hopson said.

As of Monday, Burlington County had 3,986 confirmed cases of the virus and 245 deaths, according to the state. Most of the deaths and a substantial number of the cases have involved residents of long-term care communities in the county.

©2020 Burlington County Times, Willingboro, N.J. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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