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Los Angeles Residents Startled By City’s New Amber Alert-Like Coronavirus Messages

Los Angeles residents were startled at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening by Amber Alert-style messages on their cell phones warning about COVID-19 in the city.

The alerts had different messages.

One warned of the spread of COVID-19 saying, “cases are increasing. Please wear a mask and social distance.”

Another variation encouraged recipients to “Get a free test & results in 1 day.”

Angelenos took to Twitter to express shock.

“Did anyone in Los Angeles get a jolt from the Emergency Alert about Coronavirus in their phone just now?” one user wrote. Another called the alert “jarring.”

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti explained the alert during his press conference earlier in the evening. Read from source….