In Apple’s continuous effort to flatten the curve, Apple Maps will soon display COVID-19 testing sites directly through the app. According to 9to5mac, Apple Maps will be able to show the location’s name, the associated healthcare provider, contact phone number and website.
Apple has launched a portal for healthcare providers, hospitals and businesses to register as COVID-19 testing locations where providers need to download the application form, fill it out and email it to Apple for a review. Providers will also need to fill out additional details like the type of site (laboratory, hospital, etc) and the nature of the site (drive-through, parking lot, or building).
Once approved, the testing locations will appear on Apple Maps with a red medical glyph icon, with a label that says COVID-19 testing site. A special banner will also appear which will advise users whether they need to schedule an appointment before turning up for a test.
Recently, Apple and Google announced that they’re working together to develop a contact tracing app using Bluetooth technology that will help agencies and governments worldwide.
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