Apple Maps will soon feature special locators for COVID-19 testing centers.
A testing center’s location will appear with a red medical glyph and a card containing information about the site. The listings will include the name and location of the testing center, the affiliated health care provider and contact information. Apple also asks the testing centers to indicate whether they require appointments or doctor referrals.
The iPhone-maker rolled out a new online portal over the weekend allowing health care providers to register COVID-19 testing centers. It is similar to the application regularly used by businesses to register information to appear on the Maps app.
When this information will begin appearing on the Maps app is not clear.
Apple efforts to battle COVID-19
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Apple has contributed its tech might in a number of ways. Apple donated money and medical supplies, highlighted distance-learning tools and dedicated factory space to making face shields for health care workers.
Apple also partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to launch an app and website dedicated to gathering accurate information about COVID-19. And last week, Apple and Google said the companies would team up to develop opt-in COVID-19 contract-tracing technology for smartphones.