The new Tenderloin COVID-19 testing site was supposed to make testing accessible and easy — but requiring a smartphone and Google account nixed that

By  : misssionlocal – excerpt

As San Francisco continues to make progress with reopening the city, one alarming trend has stood out: The number of people undergoing COVID-19 testing each day is far, far less than the city’s testing capacity.

Adding a mobile COVID-19 testing site in the Tenderloin was supposed to increase the numbers, but it quickly became clear on Wednesday that, far from encouraging testing, the organizers were sending residents away. On the same day, a different approach in the Bayview succeeded in testing many more residents.

The Tenderloin “mobile” site, initially located at the Tenderloin Recreation Center, is a collaboration with Verily, owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet; Glide Memorial Church; and Code Tenderloin… (more)

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