Massachusetts rolls out statewide COVID-19 text message alert system

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BOSTON, Mass (NEWS10) — Massachusetts announced a government-backed text messaging system to deliver important notifications about the developing COVID-19 response.

Throughout this outbreak, we have consistently reminded our residents to get their information from trusted sources. … With the addition of this new communication tool, we’re making it easier for everyone to stay informed about state actions and important announcements related to COVID-19.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker

Officials hope the statewide notification will keep people safe and business running when critical events happen.

Called “AlertsMA,” the new messaging tool lets residents subscribe to real-time updates by texting “COVIDMA” to 888-777. After sign-up, users’ phones and other devices will receive messages and alerts from state and public health officials with links to information.

The notification system shares news and connects residents to whatever public information they’re looking for on Mass.gov or 2-1-1, the state’s information line.

“Being well-informed during this public health emergency, and following health officials’ advice, can help us to slow and eventually stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Staying connected with our residents is a central part of our response.”

MARYLOU SUDDERS, Secretary of Health and Human Services
AND DIRECTOR of the Massachusetts COVID-19 Command Center

The state offers the service on its Mass.gov website, through digital displays and billboards at the MBTA, via MassDOT, and through social media channels.

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