A mobile alert offering updates on the coronavirus pandemic that reached some New Jersey cell phones Tuesday evening was meant for New York City residents.
The push alert, which was similar weather and Amber Alert messages that appear on a phone’s home screen, encouraged people to sign up for updates on New York City’s response to the outbreak by texting COVID to 692-692.
New York City officials announced plans to issue the alert around 6 p.m. Tuesday for phones in the five boroughs. Some cell phones near the city also picked up the message.
“We will be encouraging everyone to sign up for proactive info by texting COVID to 692-692 (COVIDESP for Spanish). This will help us get info out in real time,” Freddi Goldstein, spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio, said on Twitter earlier.
New Jersey has not used a statewide text message alert system, though many local and county governments offer alerts by email or text.
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