Google Can Help Locate The Nearest COVID-19 Test Facility

This is just one of the company’s latest tools it has offered to curb the spread of COVID-19, along with a $50 million commitment to global efforts to respond to the pandemic.

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A medical worker talks to a patient at a drive-through Covid-19 testing center at Bergen New Bridge

A Google search for “coronavirus testing centers” in the U.S. will now lead you to a Google Map of testing facilities — for most users.

This is just one of the company’s latest tools it has offered to curb the spread of COVID-19, along with a $50 million commitment to global efforts to respond to the pandemic.

The Verge reported the company will offer this information to Google users in 43 states, largely because the company is only publishing testing facility locations that have been approved by public health authorities. Even then, some testing facilities lists are incomplete in some states, including New York. Google is only sharing locations of testing facilities that have been approved for publishing by health authorities, although Google said it is adding more listings in New York, which has been hit hard by the spread COVID-19. Testing facilities in Oregon, Pennsylvania, Maine, Connecticut, Oklahoma, New Jersey and Missouri are excluded from search results.

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While Google is making it easier to find a COVID-19 testing facility, some of these facilities are not offering tests to the general public. Some testing facilities are limited to certain groups. For example, Google’s map indexes some Veterans Health Clinics, where testing is limited to veterans and other selected groups.

In other areas, Google does not list some public testing. For instance, in the San Antonio, Texas area, the company does not index three public, drive-thru testing facilities. But does index 11 locations of privately-owned Texas MedClinic urgent care clinics that are offering testing. The maps do index testing facilities of Project Baseline, which is powered by Alphabet’s Verily unit.

Source: Forbes.com

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