Massachusetts COVID-19 text message notification system

Coronavirus Local Impact

Text “COVIDMA” to 888-777 for Important Updates

COVIDMA Text Messages Sent:

May 22 3:02 p.m.

To access a map featuring all COVID-19 testing sites in MA, visit: mass.gov/covid-testmap

May 22 12:03 p.m.

Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver an update on MA COVID-19 response efforts today at 1:00 PM. Tune in live: mass.gov/covid-live

May 22 11:02 a.m.

If you feel COVID-19 symptoms, stay home to avoid exposing others. Check your symptoms and connect to telehealth: buoy.com/mass

May 20 11:32 a.m.

Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver an update on MA COVID-19 response efforts today at 12:30 PM. Tune in live: mass.gov/covid-live

May 19 12:02 PM

MA begins Phase 1 of reopening, with certain businesses and activities opening in coming weeks. Read more: mass.gov/covid-reopen

May 18 5:47 p.m.

In addition to new reopening report, MA also posts new Safer AT Home Advisory to help people stay safe from COVID-19: mass.gov/covid-safe

May 18 3:14 p.m.

Gov. Baker, Lt. Gov. Polito release “Reopening Massachusetts,” report outlining phased approach to safe reopening: mass.gov/covid-reopen

May 18 10:05 a.m.

Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver an update on MA COVID-19 response efforts at 11:00AM. Tune in live: mass.gov/covid-live

May 15 5:57 p.m.

MA launches website featuring map with COVID-19 testing sites. Access the map and find a site: mass.gov/covid-testmap

May 15 1:04 p.m.

Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver an update on MA COVID-19 response efforts at 2:00PM. Tune in live: mass.gov/covid-live

May 15 11:04 a.m.

If you feel COVID-19 symptoms, stay home to avoid exposing others. Check your symptoms and connect to telehealth: buoy.com/mass

May 14 5:06 p.m.

New CVS drive-through testing sites launch across MA, as Gov. Baker outlines state’s long-term testing strategy: mass.gov/covid-id9a

May 14 10:08 a.m.

Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver an update on MA COVID-19 response efforts today at noon. Tune in live: mass.gov/covid-live

Looking for work? Nursing homes & Assisted Living Residences need help now. Find out more about the jobs available: mass.gov/covid-otnw

May 13 11:34 a.m.

Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver an update on MA COVID-19 response efforts today at 12:30 PM. Tune in live: mass.gov/covid-live

May 12 12:08 p.m.

Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver an update on MA COVID-19 response efforts today at 1:00 PM. Tune in live: mass.gov/covid-live

May 11 3:49 p.m.

MA announces phased reopening approach driven by health metrics, publishes workplace safety standards: mass.gov/covid-bpqa

May 11 12:04 p.m.

Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver an update on MA COVID-19 response efforts today at 1:00 PM. Tune in live: mass.gov/covid-live

May 9 11:03 a.m.

Need food assistance? Learn about food resources in MA (SNAP, food pantries, WIC, school meal sites & more) at projectbread.org/covid19

May 8 1:33 p.m.

Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver an update on MA COVID-19 response efforts today at 2:30 PM. Tune in live: mass.gov/covid-live

May 8 11:03 a.m.

Need help buying health food? You may be eligible fort SNAP benefits. Visit Mass.gov/covid-snap for more information and how to apply.

May 7 2:18 p.m.

Help support contact tracing efforts and answer calls with 833 or 857 area codes from the MA COVIDTeam. Learn more: mass.gov/covid-trac

May 6 11:32 a.m.

Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver an update on MA COVID-19 response efforts today at 12:30 PM. Tune in live: mass.gov/covid-live

May 5 11:33 a.m.

If you feel COVID-19 symptoms, stay home to avoid exposing others. Check your symptoms and connect to telehealth: buoy.com.mass

May 4 11:03 a.m.

Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver an update on MA COVID-19 response efforts today at noon. Tune in live: mass.gov/covid-live

May 1 4:08 p.m.

MA requires residents to wear masks or face coverings in public places like grocery stores and pharmacies. More at mass.gov/coveryourface

May 1 12:32 p.m.

Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver an update on MA COVID-19 response efforts today at 1:30 PM. Tune in live: mass.gov/covid-live

May 1 11:32 a.m.

Help support contact tracing efforts and anser calls with 833 or 857 area codes from MA COVIDTeam. Learn more: mass.gov/covid-main

Apil 30 11:02 a.m.

Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver an update on MA COVID-19 response efforts today at noon. Tune in live: mass.gov/covid-live

April 29 11:01 a.m.

Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver an update on MA COVID-19 response efforts today at noon. Tune in live: mass.gov/covid-cp7r

April 28 2:04 a.m.

Gov. Baker extends non-essential business closure until May 18, stay at home advisory remains in effect: mass.gov/covid-sjip

April 28 10:04 a.m.

Want to learn more about COVID-19 testing? Looking for a list of testing sites or whether you should be tested? Go to: mass.gov/covid-nhty

April 27 11:10 a.m.

Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver an update on MA COVID-19 response efforts at noon. Tune in live: mass.gov/covid19-updates

April 26 11:34 a.m.

If you feel COVID-19 symptoms, stay home to avoid exposing others. Check your symptoms and connect to telehealth: buoy.com/mass

April 25 12:04 p.m.

Help support contact tracing efforts and answer calls with 833 or 857 area codes from MA COVIDTeam. Learn more: mass.gov/covid19

April 25 1:04 p.m.

Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver an update on MA COVID-19 response efforts today at 2 PM. Tune in live: mass.gov/covid19-updates

April 24 11:04 a.m.

Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver an update on MA COVID-19 response efforts today at noon. Tune in live: mass.gov/covid19-updates

April 22 10:15 a.m.

Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver an update on MA COVID-19 response efforts today at noon. Tune in live: mass.gov/covid19-updates

April 22 10:15 a.m.

If you feel COVID-19 symptoms, stay home to avoid exposing others. Check your symptoms and connect to telehealth: buoy.com/mass

April 21 1:47 p.m.

MA extends closure of K-12 schools through end of the school year, non-emergency childcare programs through 6/29 mass.gov/covid-ddju

April 21 10:40 a.m.

Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver an update on MA COVID-19 response efforts today at noon. Tune in live: mass.gov/covid19-updates

April 21 10:40 a.m.

Unemployment benefit application for self-employed, gig economy, other workers now available. Learn more and apply: mass.gov/pua

April 20 4:35 p.m.

Last week, Gov. Baker announced distribution of 200,000 masks to all first responders in MA. Learn more: mass.gov/covid-msks

April 20 12:20 p.m.

State, local officials urge people to stay home on Marathon Monday to ensure social distancing & let health care workers focus on COVID-19

April 18 1:18 p.m.

If you feel COVID-19 symptoms. stay home to avoid exposing others. Check your symptoms and connect to telehealth: buoy.com/mass

April 17 1:31 p.m.

Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver an update on MA COVID-19 response efforts at 2:30PM. Tune in live: mass.gov/covid19-updates

April 16 1:46 p.m.

Looking for work? Nursing homes & Assisted Living Residences need help now. Find out more about the jobs available: mass.gov/covid-otnw

April 16 11:34 p.m.

Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver an update on MA COVID-19 response efforts at 12:30PM. Tune in live: mass.gov/covid19-updates

April 14 12:34 p.m.

If you feel COVID-19 symptoms, stay home to avoid exposing others. Check your symptoms and connect to telehealth: buoy.com/mass

April 13 2:10 p.m.

Wear a mask or face covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19, especially when social distancing is difficult: mass.gov/coveryourface

April 13 12:38 p.m.

Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver an update on MA COVID-19 response efforts at 1:00PM. Tune in live: mass.gov/covid19-updates

April 11 3:38 p.m.

MA unemployment benefits information and application now available in Spanish. Visit mass.gov/desempleo to learn more and apply.

April 11 11:02 a.m.

MA instructs residents to wear mask or face coverings when outside and social distancing not possible: mass.gov/covid-zpls

April 10 6:00 p.m.

Gov. Baker outlines current hospital capacity, efforts to add more surge beds: mass.gov/covid-hb6e

April 10 4:02 p.m.

Text-alert system launches in Spanish. Text COVIDMAESP to 888-777 for Spanish alerts: mass.gov/covid-ef2e

April 10 1:02 p.m.

Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver an update on MA COVID-19 response efforts at 2:00PM. Tune in live: mass.gov/covid19-updates

April 9 5:31 p.m.

State, City officials & health care leaders announce new Field Medical Station at Boston Convention Center: mass.gov/covid-ggha

April 9 3:31 p.m.

Mass. announces implementation of new federal unemployment benefits in CARES Act. More: mass.gov/covid-hgw5

April 9 12:12 p.m.

Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver an update on MA COVID-19 response efforts at 1:00PM. Tune in live: mass.gov/covid19-updates

April 8 6:22 p.m.

Gov. Baker announces legistlation protecting health care workers from liability, testing expansion, grociery guidelines. mass.gov/covid-g2cf

April 8 2:33 p.m.

Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver an update on MA COVID-19 response efforts at 3:30PM. Tune in live: mass.gov/covid19-updates

April 7 5:58 p.m.

Gov. Baker and state officials announce new resources for health care providers & Nursing Home Family Resource Line. mass.gov/covid-bbnq

April 7 1:32 p.m.

Giv, Charlie Baker will deliver an update on MA COVID-19 response efforts on 2:30PM. Tune in live: mass.gov/covid19-updates

April 7 11:52 a.m.

MA and CVS Health announce launch of new rapid-testing site in Lowell, with on-the-spot testing and results. More at mass.gov/covid-cbcx

April 6 5:32 p.m.

Business and individuals can provide PPE to support COVID-19 response efforts through our portal: mass.gov/covid-ppxy

April 5 2:34 p.m.

Health professionals can sign up for volunteer opportunities in their communities to support COVID-19 response: mass.gov/covid-pxlj

April 4 11:34 a.m.

Worries about symptoms? Buoy helps residents assess their symptoms & find the right care. Access this free tool @ buoy.com/mass

April 3 7:38 p.m.

New community tracing effort launched to better track cases + slow COVID-19 spread. Learn more: mass.gov/covid-ghfj

April 3 6:34 p.m.

Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver an update on MA COVID-19 response efforts at 1:30 PM. Tune in live: mass.gov/covid19-updates

April 2 3:38 p.m.

Tomorrow at noon, all state-managed coastal beach parking areas will be closed to mitigate COVID-19 spread. More: mass.gov/covid-wsxc

April 2 12:53 p.m.

Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver an update on MA COVID-19 response efforts at 1 PM. Tune in live: mass.gov/covid19-updates

April 1 2:03 p.m.

Health professionals can sign up for volunteer opportunities in their communties to support COVID-19 response: mass.gov/covid-pxlj

March 31 3:25 p.m.

MA extends non-essential business closure until May 4, stay-at-home advisory remains in effect. Learn more: mass.gov/covid-iwmp

March 30 3:58 p.m.

MA announces new actions to support expanded health care workforce and capacity. Learn more: mass.gov/covid-tkyw

March 29 12:33 p.m.

MA launches website for volunteers, personal protective equipment to support COVID-19 response. Access the portal @ mass.gov/covid-nmbp

March 28 3:33 p.m.

MA launched a new online tool, Buoy, to help residents assess their symptoms & find the right care. Access this free tool @ buoy.com/mass

March 28 1:06 p.m.

Are you a healthcare or public health professional who wants to volunteer to help MA respond to COVID-19? Apply @ mass.gov/covid-hhek

March 27 5:03 p.m.

Have you or someone you know lost their job due to COVID-19? Sign up for virtual town hall on unemployment benefits mass.gov/covid-dw2z

March 27 1:56 p.m.

New today: All travelers to Massachusetts are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days. Details on announcement: mass.gov/covid-zplo

March 27 10:51 a.m.

Massachusetts extends income tax filing deadline to July 15. Read more: mass.gov/covid-hhcs

March 26 4:02 p.m.

Gov. Baker seeks major disaster declaration and issues new public health orders to support COVIS-19 response efforts. mass.gov/covid-1dzw


BOSTON (Mass.gov) – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced the launch of a new text-based notification system to deliver important information about the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 response to Massachusetts residents.

“Throughout this outbreak, we have consistently reminded our residents to get their information from trusted sources. Today we’re making that easier,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “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.”

The new messaging tool called “AlertsMA” will allow residents to subscribe to real-time notifications by texting the keyword COVIDMA to 888-777.  After signing up, state and public health officials can send short messages and links to information directly to a resident’s cell phone or other mobile device.

“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,” said Secretary Marylou Sudders, the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Command Center Director. “Staying connected with our residents is a central part of our response.”

The AlertsMA notifications can be used to share news, prevention information, and help connect residents to information that they are looking for through other public information channels, such as the state’s Information line, 2-1-1, and website searches on Mass.Gov.

The Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Technology Services and Security partnered with Everbridge, whose platform powers AlertsMA, to bring the notification service online during the COVID-19 response. Everbridge is a Massachusetts-based company located in Burlington. The company’s notification service is assisting the public health response around the country, including New York City, San Francisco, and Houston.

“During this public health emergency, it is increasingly important that we leverage technology to enhance our ability to communicate with the residents and businesses of the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Technology Services and Security Curtis M. Wood.  “This text message notification service is a tool that reaches people in the easiest way possible – on their mobile devices – to keep them informed on the latest updates from the Commonwealth.

“Statewide public notification systems like AlertsMA will keep people safe and businesses running when critical events occur,” said David Meredith, CEO of Burlington-based Everbridge. “With our headquarters here in Massachusetts, Everbridge proudly serves the Commonwealth as their statewide mass notification provider, keeping citizens informed during COVID-19.  We would like to thank the Governor and the State for their continued prioritization on emergency readiness, response and communications.”

The Commonwealth will promote the service on Mass.gov, through digital displays and billboards at the MBTA, via MassDOT, and through social media.  

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