Apple Maps will now show COVID-19 testing sites in all 50 states and Puerto Rico (via TechCrunch). When you search using terms like “COVID-19 test” or “coronavirus test,” places that offer COVID-19 tests will be marked on your map. If you start typing COVID-19 into the search bar, you’ll also see the “COVID-19 Testing” search term appear at the top of your search bar, like what you’d see if you started typing something like “groceries” or “coffee shops.”
Apple’s information cards for the testing sites include the site’s hours, address, and phone number, as well as a warning that “COVID-19 testing may require a doctor’s referral and an appointment at the testing center” and a link to the website of the healthcare provider offering the test.
The new testing sites in Apple Maps follow Apple launching a web portal last week to let hospitals and healthcare providers submit their information to be shown on Apple Maps, which was spotted by 9to5Mac.
Google began listing COVID-19 test centers in search results on April 17th, but it appears the search company doesn’t show nearly as many test centers on Google Maps as Apple does on Apple Maps. Apple’s app shows a number of test centers in Portland, OR (where I live) and in New York City, while Google Maps didn’t show any in either location, for example. The company tells The Verge that it’s working to bring testing center information to Google Maps.
Apple has also made some updates to its mobility trends site, including adding more cities such as Las Vegas, New Orleans, Portland, Salt Lake City, and San Diego.
Update April 28th, 8:16PM ET: Google tells The Verge that it’s working to bring testing center information to Google Maps.
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