The site, which is supposed to direct people to drive-through test sites, should be up on Sunday, a White House official said.

The site, which is supposed to direct people to drive-through test sites, should be up on Sunday, a White House official said.

Alphabet, Googles parent company, is working with the White House and private companies to create a website that will help Americans find screening tests for the Covid-19 coronavirus.
Plans for the site are being overseen by Verily, an Alphabet subsidiary that focuses on health care and life science.
Debbie Brix, the White Houses coronavirus response coordinator, said the site should be up and running Sunday. It is meant to steer Americans who need testing to drive-through clinics that are supposed to start popping up around the US in the parking lots of retailers like Target and Walmart, which are also working on the effort.
President Donald Trump, who first announced Alphabets participation in the effort, described it as a Google project, and said Google had 1,700 engineers working on this right now.
Recode hasnt yet been able to verify that number with Alphabet or Verily reps, or anything else about how the site is supposed to work including any efforts Verily and the associated companies will use to protect the privacy of the sites users.
Its possible that the White House announcement took Verily and Google by surprise. About an hour after Trump and Brix talked about the web site, Google sent out a statement, attributed to Verily, that said the company was in early stages on a tool to help triage individuals for Covid-19 testing and that it would start using it in the Bay Area before rolling it out widely.
Statement from Verily: “We are developing a tool to help triage individuals for Covid-19 testing. Verily is in the early stages of development, and planning to roll testing out in the Bay Area, with the hope of expanding more broadly over time.
Google Communications (@Google_Comms) March 13, 2020
Birx held up a flowchart at the press conference that was meant to illustrate the steps users will take to get tested, but didnt go into any detail. The chart appears to indicate that users will find their test results on the same site they used to try to see if they needed a test.
Dr. Debbie Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, holds up a flow chart.
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I want to thank Google. Google is going to develop a website its going to be very quickly done, unlike websites of the past to determine if a test is warranted and to facilitate testing at a nearby convenient location, Trump said at a White House conference Friday. Google has 1,700 engineers working on this right now. Theyve made tremendous progress. Our overriding goal is to stop the spread of the virus and to help all Americans who have been impacted by this.
On Thursday, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai sent out a company-wide email calling for volunteers to assist in the effort to test people for Covid-19; he said the idea was to develop a pathway for public health and healthcare agencies to direct people to our Baseline website, where individuals who are at higher risk can be directed to testing sites based on the latest guidance from public health authorities. … Verily is part of the Alphabet family and could use our help in the coming days and weeks.
That effort seems separate from a Verily project to build a physical patch that could detect signs of a fever and transmit that health data to a persons phone. Pichai mentioned that effort last week in a blog post about various efforts his company had taken to fight the spread of the coronavirus.
Heres Pichais memo asking his employees to help with the Verily website.
Hi everyone,
Yesterday at TGIF, someone had a question about whether Verily could assist in the effort to test people for COVID-19. I know we are all looking for ways to help right now, so I checked in with their team to see if they could use support from Google and our other bets for a new effort being planned.
The good news is that a planning effort is underway to use the expertise in life sciences and clinical research of Verily in partnership with Google to aid in the COVID-19 testing effort in the US. As more test kits becomes available, the planners are looking to develop a pathway for public health and healthcare agencies to direct people to our Baseline website, where individuals who are at higher risk can be directed to testing sites based on the latest guidance from public health authorities.
Verily is part of the Alphabet family and could use our help in the coming days and weeks to respond as quickly as possible to the rapidly evolving situation of the COVID-19 pandemic. For those interested in volunteering for this effort, please complete this form and they will be in touch.
– Sundar

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