Apple Maps on track to display coronavirus testing sites

Firm hopes to soon direct its users to COVID-19 testing sites through its Maps app

Apple is working diligently to identify coronavirus testing sites across the nation, and it plans to add the locations to its Maps app.

To accomplish such a feat, Apple has launched a portal where health care providers can help out by filling out a CSV template with testing locations and emailing the completed template back to the company.

Once health care provides download the CSV file, they add testing site details including the address, the type of testing site (drive-thru, parking lot or building) and whether or not individuals need to schedule an appointment or secure a referral.

The CSV also gives providers the option to include the testing facility hours and any other details an individual might need.

While the portal and application are live, it's unclear when Apple users will see coronavirus testing sites appear on the Maps app. According to the portal’s FAQ, Apple remains focused on collecting and adding as many testing sites as possible and is unable to provide users with a precise release date for this update.

Though there is no firm timeline, Apple understands time is of the essence and is working quickly to roll out this update. 

With the coronavirus outbreak still in full swing and testing sites cropping up sporadically across the country, tracking down where and how to get a coronavirus test is no easy feat. This feature should help ease the process.

Featured Resources

How to choose an AI vendor

Five key things to look for in an AI vendor

Download now

The UK 2020 Databerg report

Cloud adoption trends in the UK and recommendations for cloud migration

Download now

2021 state of email security report: Ransomware on the rise

Securing the enterprise in the COVID world

Download now

The impact of AWS in the UK

How AWS is powering Britain's fastest-growing companies

Download now

Most Popular

How to find RAM speed, size and type
Laptops

How to find RAM speed, size and type

16 Jun 2021
Ten-year-old iOS 4 recreated as an iPhone app
iOS

Ten-year-old iOS 4 recreated as an iPhone app

10 Jun 2021
What is HTTP error 400 and how do you fix it?
Network & Internet

What is HTTP error 400 and how do you fix it?

16 Jun 2021