How to Find COVID-19 Testing Locations with Apple Maps on iPhone & iPad

Jul 21, 2020 - 7 Comments

How to Find COVID-19 coronavirus testing with Apple Maps

If you are interested in finding a COVID-19 testing location, Apple Maps may be able to help track down a place where you can get tested for the novel coronavirus.

Finding COVID-19 testing facilities near you, or even in a different region, is quite easy with Apple Maps. Here’s all that you will need to do:

How to Find COVID-19 / Coronavirus Testing with Apple Maps

  1. Open the Apple Maps app on iPhone (or iPad)
  2. Tap in the “Search” field
  3. How to find COVID-19 coronavirus testing locations with iPhone

  4. At the top of the Search list tap on “COVID-19 Testing”
  5. How to find COVID-19 coronavirus testing locations with iPhone

  6. Locate a COVID-19 testing location near you
  7. How to find COVID-19 coronavirus testing locations with iPhone

  8. Tap on a search result to see contact information for the coronavirus testing location

You will notice that many of the facilities are hospitals and healthcare centers, as well as some labs and doctor offices.

Be sure to call ahead to where ever you are thinking of getting a COVID test to make sure you are eligible to receive a test, and also to understand procedures for getting the coronavirus test.

Note that not all of the COVID-19 testing locations shown in Apple Maps will be able to actually test you, as who is actually able to be tested seems to vary dramatically based on location, capacity, state and local guidelines, CDC guidelines, and other variables that differ widely based on many factors. Some regions testing are much more strict than others, and some states will only test very specific people who have particular exposure and other health risks. If you aren’t sure what applies to your area, use the Apple Maps COVID-19 test finding feature and simply call the location(s) you are thinking of inquiring with.

It’s also not entirely clear what type of tests are being used at each location, and that likely varies per testing center too. So some COVID tests may be looking for antibodies while others may be looking for active coronavirus infections, but that’s something you should be able to figure out with the healthcare provider.

If you’re concerned about coronavirus, the latest versions of iOS offer an anonymized COVID-19 exposure notification feature that when combined with a local health app will alert your iPhone if you have come into contact with someone who tested positive. That feature is dependent on whether local health authorities support the feature in your particular area and have contact tracing apps that work in combination to the feature, and most do not.

Be smart, stay healthy, and stay safe out there!

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Joe says:

    What’s the point of getting tested if you’re not sick? Also, if you ever had a flu shot, you’re going to test positive anyway. There have been other issues with the test and I don’t think it is very accurate. So why put yourself in fear? Just keep clean, stay home if you’re sick, and quit worrying.

    • doodoo says:

      If you’ve been exposed or have symptoms, you probably want to get tested. It’s hard to get tested in some states still though.

      The flu shot has nothing to do with covid or covid tests, it’s not the flu and has nothing in common with the flu virus. It’s an airborne novel coronavirus that is highly unusual with broad pathology and high virulence. This is all widely reported in scientific and medical literature, granted the average population can barely keep their attention span on a tweet so it’s unlikely most will be reading anything about it.

  2. Lee says:

    So many zombies. It does not matter if you do “have it” or dont “have it”, they will say you have it. Does anybody research anything, oh no yes, zombieworld, just believe whatever the TV says

  3. Alexander Ewen says:

    I don’t think this works in Canada. I live in Nova Scotia but all the Covid testing locations given were in Maine in the US! I live approx 1km away from Yarmouth hospital where I assume I would be able to get tested should the need arise.

  4. Mike Bing says:

    Tried the Covid-19 search on apple maps. poor results. Only showed one place in my county, and I know that there are at least 3, and have been for a long time. If they are going to keep a database., it should be more current than this. Not helpful.

    • hmm says:

      I am not sure about COVID test sites but it’s quite hard to get a test in much of the USA still, if you’re in a situation where you need a test it’s probably a good idea to call your doctor and see what they recommend.

      As for Apple Maps… in Arizona, Apple Maps always showed lakes surrounding my house. I found that fascinating because there are not many lakes in Arizona in general, and certainly not on my house, and there are no lakes anywhere even remotely nearby, because it’s the hot dry desert of Arizona where water is scarce. I don’t know where Apple gets this type of data, but it was not accurate.

      So anyway, I personally use Google Maps for mapping purposes. Use what you trust is going to give you accurate information, I guess.

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