About The Project


The best way to fight COVID-19 is with information. Who is sick, where is the virus spreading? AZCOVIDTXT is a two-way texting system designed to allow us all to report on the health status of our households.  This information helps us see how the virus is spreading and we can make the best decisions to stop it. We don’t have as much testing as we would like right now, and this information will be a big help to decision-makers and health providers to deliver the right resources to the right people at the right time.


The COVID-19 outbreak is not just a health crisis, it is also an economic crisis. Many people need food or medicine or other kinds of support. The AZCOVIDTXT System will send you accurate, factual information so you know what is true and what is false. The System can also deliver customized information to those in need. Need food? We will tell you where to go near you. Need healthcare, we will point you to the right place. Need help? We will connect you with the services you need.


The AZCOVIDTXT System was created by a team of researchers at the University of Arizona, so we’ll launch the System by asking everyone in Tucson and Pima County to join. The more people that join, the more information we gather, and the better the System works – to map the spread of COVID-19 and deliver resources to the people who need them.

Once we have a big base of participants in Pima County, we’ll expand to recruit Arizonans all over the state, from Yuma to Phoenix to Flagstaff, the Tribal Nations, and all the rural counties too. We need everyone to come together. Together we will beat this virus, get back to work, get back to school.

Target AreaProjected participating householdsProjected Participants
Phase IUA, Tucson, Pima County100,000100,00-250,000
Phase IISouthern Arizona300,000500,000-1,000,000
Phase IIIArizona, other targeted populations1,000,0002,000,000-3,000,000