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Covid-19 testing pilot program launches in Bay Area

(Source: Project Baseline Blog)

March 17, 2020 — Bay Area, CA

Program begins with testing the highest risk individuals at select sites

A coalition of scientists, public health officials, and citizens nationwide is uniting in the fight to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. While headway is being made through social distancing efforts, it’s clear that a more systematic means of risk assessment and testing is also critical.

In collaboration with the California Governor’s office, federal, state and local public health authorities, Verily is helping to establish testing sites in the Bay Area and an online tool to increase risk screening and testing for people at high risk of COVID-19. The tool will triage people who are concerned about their COVID-19 risk into testing sites based on guidance from public health officials and test availability.

Californians will be able to take an online COVID-19 screener survey through Project Baseline beginning Monday, March 16. People who meet eligibility and requirements for testing will be directed to mobile testing sites based on capacity, where they will complete a nasal swab test. Once tested, individuals will be informed of their COVID-19 test results within a few days.

To protect the most vulnerable, the COVID-19 testing pilot program will begin by testing the highest risk individuals at select sites in the San Francisco Bay Area, where there is a significant volume of known cases. As more testing kits and sites become available, we plan to scale the capacity.

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