Google sibling's coronavirus testing website makes limited launch

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Verily, the life sciences arm of Google's parent, Alphabet, late Sunday launched a website to give people information about coronavirus screening, though it's limited for now to two testing sites in the San Francisco Bay Area. The rollout comes after a set of confusing announcements last week by Google and President Donald Trump.
The software tool is hosted through Verily's Project Baseline, an initiative to advance clinical research. It allows people in the Bay Area to take online screener surveys to see if they should go to testing sites in Santa Clara County or San Mateo county for examinations. Along with partnering with the federal government, Verily also worked with the California governor's office.
"We hope that this partnership can scale, and we believe it will be a national model," California Gov. Gavin Newsom said at a press conference Sunday. "We are very encouraged by this partnership, very enthusiastic to finally announce it. I know there have been some conversations about it in the media." 
When you enter the website, the first question in the workflow is: "Are you currently experiencing severe cough, shortness of breath, fever, or other concerning symptoms?" Answering "yes" to the question appears to end the test while saying "no" takes you to the next question. That may seem counterintuitive, but Verily reportedly says the test is working as intended. 
Verily didn't immediately respond to a request for comment, but told BuzzFeed: "This screener was developed in partnership with government health officials. The initial question is meant to ensure that anyone who is seriously ill does not come to our sites because they are not prepared to provide medical attention. We are early in this pilot and are going to be learning more that will help us refine this COVID-19 risk screening and testing."
To take the coronavirus screener, you are also required to have a Google account. If you don't have one, you're prompted to create one.

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