BOSTON (CBS) — Residents living in several high-risk coronavirus communities received a text message Monday reminding them to be vigilant. The Wireless Emergency Alert, activated by the COVID-19 Command Center, was sent between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. in English and Spanish.

The message is directed at Chelsea, Everett, Lawrence, Lynn, Nantucket, New Bedford, Revere, Framingham, Winthrop, and Worcester. Phones near those areas may receive the alert as well.

It read: MAGovt Alert COVID19 is a serious threat in [city/town name]. 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

According to the state, the message is part of a broader campaign to remind people that the pandemic is not over.


Comments (2)
  1. sandy says:

    Keep the panic going, the election is not here yet… yawn. Liberalism is a mental disorder.

  2. Bob Adams says:

    The prevalence of COVID-19 in the population is low, evidenced by the fact that the positivity rate is low in Massachusetts. In a low prevalence population the PCR test will give a high rate of false positive results. For proof go to:
    Cases are increasing because testing is increasing and many of the test results are false positives for the reason stated. Notice, too, that daily deaths remain low. The pandemic is over by any reasonable measure. Asymptomatic people should not be tested. Baker does not want to give up power. He is a petty tyrant.

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