BOSTON (CBS) – An alert about the threat of coronavirus will be sent to millions of Massachusetts residents. Approximately 4.5 million phones will receive the alert from the COVID-19 Command Center Thursday at 5 p.m.

The message, from Department of Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, will remind residents of the serious risk that COVID-19 poses.

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The alerts will appear as a phone call or text message to cell and landlines.

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“COVID-19 remains a serious threat as cases have increased across the state,” Bharel said in the message. “You have the power to help stop the spread and protect yourself and your loved ones.”

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New coronavirus restrictions in Massachusetts are set to take effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday.