Alphabet Verily coronavirus screening website is overloaded

Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Google Inc., attends a news conference in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017.

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Alphabet’s Verily coronavirus site screening website for Silicon Valley residents went live on Sunday evening. By Monday morning it appeared to be overloaded and cannot currently offer appointments for screenings, according to the website.

President Trump announced the site on Friday, which was reportedly before Alphabet was ready to go public with the launch, and got some details about the site wrong.

The site, built by Google sister-company Verily, is supposed to offer people who live in San Mateo or Santa Clara counties and think they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms a way to schedule a test. Verily built the “Project Baseline” site in tandem with the California governor’s office and other local, state and federal officials. 

Alphabet’s Project Baseline site by Verily.

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The site says you should seek out professional medical attention if you’re experiencing “severe cough, shortness of breath, fever, or other concerning symptoms.” But, if you don’t have those symptoms but are worried and want a test, you can proceed to try to schedule a screening. However, instead of offering one, the site now says:

“Unfortunately we are unable to schedule more appointments at this time. Appointments will continue to expand through this program as we scale capacity in the near future.  Please check back later. In the meantime, we recommend following these guidelines from the CDC. You can read more about the Baseline COVID-19 Program here.”

An Verily spokesperson was not immediately available for comment. 

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