L.A. County Launched A Texting-Based Survey to Track Coronavirus Spread

Los Angeles County has launched a tool that will help health officials monitor the spread of COVID-19.

Introducing Angelenos in Action: a new text messaging-based public health survey that will help L.A. County health officials contact trace when it comes to the Coronavirus.

This weekly survey will provide information to help L.A.'s public health workers track symptoms of the virus with hopes of prioritizing a response and better allocate resources to highly impacted communities.

According to public health officials, another goal is to monitor trends to see how COVID-19 impacts specific geographic areas and communities.

The text message-based survey is available in Spanish and English and has reportedly already had over 8,300 people voluntarily sign ups.

Here's what to expect when you sign up -- you will be asked your age group, sex, race / ethnicity and ZIP code. The weekly text messages will ask you how you're feeling that day, and will prompt specific symptom questions if you answer that you're feeling unwell.

The survey will operate for at least 20 weeks and yes, you can skip any questions you do not feel comfortable answering.

To sign up:

  1. Text “@PROTECT” to 35134 to volunteer for our survey or visit thewebsite to sign up online
  2. Answer 5 quick questions to sign up
  3. You will be randomized to one day a week to receive texts
  4. Every week on that day, the L.A. County Department of Public Health will text you one YES/NO question to ask how you’re feeling
  5. If you feel unwell, you will receive two more YES/NO questions about COVID-19-like symptoms

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