University of Arizona launches text-message system for coronavirus screening

by | Apr 22, 2020 | Coronavirus

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The University of Arizona launched a new texting system on Monday to help check in on residents during the coronavirus pandemic.

AZCOVIDTEXT allows people to submit surveys on their phone about the health and wellness of the household members. The system also connects users with needed resources, like a food bank or counseling.

The system does not collect personally identifiable information, does not attempt to locate or track participants, and does not sell your data according to researchers.

“The AZCOVIDTXT tool goes beyond where people are sick to where people are suffering from the unavailability of food, access to medicines or medical treatment, and are dealing with other life challenges,” Elizabeth Cantwell, UA senior vice president for research and innovation, said in the release. “By participating, we can together assist authorities in channeling support where it is most needed and truly understand the impacts of this crisis on our communities.”

Data collected by the system will also be used to provide UA researchers with information to help researchers and local and state authorities track COVID-19 and its impact in the state.

To participate, Arizonans can simply text “JOIN” to 1-833-410-0546. Users also can sign up through the project website, azcovidtxt.org.