Governing: When smartphone contact tracing apps were first rolled out to combat COVID-19, many state and federal officials latched onto the idea as a way to protect public health while still allowing states to open back up. Yet ardor for contact tracing apps has cooled significantly since they were first introduced.
In June, Business Insider asked officials in all 50 states if they planned on incorporating the Apple-Google infrastructure into their own contact tracing apps. Of states that responded to the survey, officials from only three confirmed they were planning to use it. Seventeen states said they were not planning on using contact tracing apps at all, and 19 said they had not made a decision.
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