A website developed by a subsidiary of Google’s parent company has screened 12,000 people for coronavirus since it launched on Sunday evening, which ultimately led to 130 tests. Another 350 people should be tested in the coming days.
The website, called Project Baseline, was designed by Verily Life Sciences, a subsidiary of Alphabet, Inc.
Officials at a press conference at the White House on March 13. So far, the location has served the California counties of Santa Clara and San Mateo.
“We have several locations in the Bay Area that are staffed by health professionals and members of the Verily team, including two large exhibition centers that make screening and sampling easier,” Verily said in a blog post Thursday evening.
The website begins with an eligibility survey that is within 50 miles of the two counties covered. with a slight cough, shortness of breath and fever.
Those selected for testing are directed to one of several transit points in the Bay Area, where a nose swab can be collected and sent to a laboratory.
The government hopes that the website will ultimately streamline the process for Americans to determine whether they should be tested and where to go for testing.
The company said in its blog post that it expects to expand its business soon.
“Based on the findings from these critical first days, we expect our test capacity to increase in the coming days,” said the company.