Google Verily Website Expands States Coronavirus

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8 states added to Google coronavirus screening site

The site was previously only available to people within some counties in California.

Apr 28, 2020, 12:10 pm

Tech

 

Andrew Wyrich

The coronavirus screening website developed by Verily, an arm of Google’s parent company Alphabet, is expanding beyond California and into several other states.

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The website, which has drawn some attention from lawmakers for its requirements to sign in using a Google account, launched last month and was prematurely touted by President Donald Trump.

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Essentially, the website asks a user a series of questions and directs them to testing sites.

It was previously only available to people within some counties in California. On Monday, Verily said it has expanded to cities within Delaware, Idaho, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Since launching last month, Verily said it has screened more than 150,000 people and facilitated testing for more than 19,500 people.

The screening website from Verily is just one of several sites built by big tech giants during the pandemic.

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Apple launched a screening website where users can check off symptoms and circumstances to see what they should do next, and Google has a site that shows anonymized data about movement from users whose devices have location history settings on.

Meanwhile, Facebook developed a map that shows county-by-county information about coronavirus symptoms, generated from aggregate data from users who take an opt-in survey.

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*First Published: Apr 28, 2020, 12:10 pm