Launching COVID Alerts

Covid Act Now is a nonprofit organization with a mission to help save lives. To further that mission, we’re excited to launch COVID Alerts.

COVID Alerts let you know when the COVID threat level — based on metrics critical to monitoring COVID, such as infection growth rate and ICU capacity — changes in your county or state.

It’s easy to sign up! Just visit:

covidactnow.org/alert_signup

Then enter your email, along with the names of the states and/or counties you want to keep track of. We will let you if/when the COVID threat level in your area changes.

Our goal is to help keep you, your family, and your community out of harm’s way. Knowing the threat level in your area can help you make decisions about what precautions to take to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy. It can also help keep local government decision makers informed about the risk of an active or imminent outbreak and how their testing and tracing compare to international standards.

Our alerting system determines threat level based on the four metrics we use in each state and county: infection rate, positive test rate, ICU headroom used, and contacts traced. 

For each metric, we score the COVID risk as either low, medium, high, or critical. We also provide an overall COVID threat score for the state or county, based on the same four metrics. When you sign up for COVID Alerts, we will send you an alert if the risk assessment for your state or county increases or decreases in severity.

For example, if you live in Hennepin County, Minnesota, but your parents live in Miami-Dade County, Florida, you might fill out the following counties and states:

If you sign up for alerts for Travis County, Texas, and the risk level moves from low to medium, we might send you the following email:

Sign up here to stay up-to-date on the COVID risk level in your area.

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