WASHINGTON — While declaring a national emergency over the coronavirus outbreak, President Donald Trump on Friday announced a new public-private partnership to expand coronavirus testing capabilities.
The president said one aspect of that was a new website "facilitated" by Google that will help determine whether a person needs to be tested.
While the White House and health officials indicated the website could feature nationwide coverage in a matter of days, that doesn't appear to be the case.
Google released a statement on its communications Twitter account more than an hour after Trump's press conference that seemed to contradict what was said in the White House Rose Garden event.
First, it explained what's being developed is actually coming from Verily, a division of Alphabet, Google's parent company.
The statement from Verily also clarified that it is "developing a tool to help triage individuals for Covid-19 testing" and described that in the "early stages." Additionally, they're planning to roll out testing in the Bay Area, "with the hope of expanding more broadly over time."
"We appreciate the support of government officials and industry partners and thank the Google engineers who have volunteered to be part of this effort," the statement said.