Coronavirus: Massachusetts Offers New COVID-19 Text Alert Service

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Gov. Charlie Baker announced a new text alert service to provide information on the fight against COVID-19 in the Commonwealth.

Massachusetts residents can text "COVIDMA" to 888777 to get free text updates and alerts regarding coronavirus in the state.

"Throughout this outbreak, we have consistently reminded our residents to get their information from trusted sources," Gov. Baker said in a release. "Today we’re making that easier. 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."

State and public health officials will use the service, dubbed "AlertsMA," to send short information blurbs along with links.

"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," Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders said in the release. "Staying connected with our residents is a central part of our response."

The City of Boston began offering a similar text alert service last Wednesday, which you can sign up for by texting BOSCOVID to 99411. Those alerts are now offered in six languages.

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