BOSTON – The Commonwealth of Massachusetts will sent emergency alerts to phones tonight in the top 10 communities battling COVID-19.
It’s the first time a Wireless Emergency Alert is being sent about the coronavirus in Massachusetts said the Massachusetts COVID-19 Command Center.
Those top 10 communities are: Chelsea – Everett – Lawrence – Lynn – Nantucket – New Bedford – Revere – Framingham – Winthrop – Worcester
Framingham has been a red community or high-risk community for the spread of the coronavirus for 7 consecutive weeks.
“MAGovt Alert COVID19 is a serious threat in [city/town name],” the language on the message reads. “Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Keep your distance. Do not share food drinks utensils. Stay home if sick. Get a free COVID test. Stop gatherings with family and friends. Protect you and your loved ones. For more info visit mass.gov/stopcovid19.”
The message is scheduled to go out between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. in English and Spanish, with each local community listed in the first sentence.
According to the state, these 10 communities have been “persistently high risk,” and that the alert is “another important message to remind residents to remain vigilant – wear masks, get tested/stay home if they feel sick, stop having gatherings and practice social distancing.”
“This alert is also part of a broader campaign that includes field teams, paid advertising and other communications to remind residents that the pandemic is not over, and these best practices will help protect their family, friends and neighbors,” according to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The State has been providing multi-lingual outreach teams to Framingham and five other communities for weeks.
The state is also paying for three free COVID-19 testing sites in the City of Framingham.