State officials send cell phone alert for pandemic
Last updated 12/15/2020 at 6:50pm | View PDF
State officials sent out an alert via text message through the Wireless Emergency Alerts system to all cell phone users across Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley on Dec. 2.
The virus is spreading at a dangerous rate in multiple regions of the state and the state is now under a mandatory stay-at-home order.
Officials are asking that residents stay home except for essential business activities.
The data on intensive care unit capacity shows that the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California have dropped below 15% capacity, triggering regional stay-at-home orders in those areas.
The alert reads as follows: “New public health stay-at-home order in your area. COVID-19 is spreading rapidly. Stay home except for essential activity. Wear a mask and keep your distance. Visit covid19.ca.gov.”
The message was also sent in Spanish.
The message was sent to residents in Calavaras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare and Tuolumne counties.
This message is informational only and should not be deemed a 9-1-1 emergency, so do not call 9-1-1.