Nearly a week and a half after Googles sister company Verily launched its COVID-19 screening and testing website, the company has published a video of its in-person drive-through testing process.
As the video explains, anyone looking to be tested first has to take an online screening questionnaire, the details of which were revealed last week when the website launched. The screener is designed to help prioritize testing. The criteria include exposure to existing cases of the virus, current symptoms, age, previous health conditions, and at-risk locations or occupations. Those criteria determine whether you qualify.
If you qualify for testing, youll get a reference ID number and appointment details, including the time and location. Then, youll head to the testing site, which consists of three stations. At the first station, youll get your ID and reference ID checked through the closed window of your vehicle to prevent possible infection. Once confirmed, youll drive to the second station, which will match your ID to a lab kit. Then youll head to the final station, where youll receive a nasal swab. That sample will get sent to a lab, with results delivered between two to four days later.
Right now, Verilys Project Baseline testing is still limited to just Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. As the video notes, Verilys website and testing process is part of the larger, California-based COVID-19 testing program, which is a state-directed program with federal input. Despite muddled statements from the White House regarding a Google-built screening website earlier in March, its not clear that Verily has plans to expand the program beyond California, or even whether the Verily Project Baseline site was the Google website that President Trump had been referring to at the time.