After opening a website dedicated to the Apple Business Register in early April, Apple Maps now displays local COVID-19 test sites in the United States and Puerto Rico.
The Apple Maps portal for healthcare providers to submit their locations as test sites
On April 11, Apple launched a web portal that allowed healthcare providers and other organizations to register coronavirus testing sites. At the time, the company said it would individually review each Apple Maps submission before incorporating the informationon into its mapping service.
It now appears that the first of these sites is surfacing on Apple Maps. When users first open the app and perform a search, “Test COVID-19” now appears as the first suggestion under the “Nearby” locations.
Tapping on this selection will bring up a list of local COVID-19 test facilities for the user. In addition to the hours, address and contact details for each establishment examined, the informationon section also indicates whether a recommendation or a doctor’s appointment is required for the test.
This is the second minor update to Apple Maps in April to help users navigate the coronavirus epidemic. Earlier this month, Apple began prioritizing grocery stores, food delivery, pharmacies, hospitals, and urgent care when looking for businesses.
In addition to Maps, Apple’s Mobility Trends minisite was updated on Tuesday with data from more cities and extended search functionality. The website was launched on April 14 to view the impact of COVID-19 on travel habits.