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In support of community-based testing initiatives

Help protect yourself and the people around you by getting tested through this program.

COVID-19 testing is open in select states:
CA, CT, DE, ID, MA, MD, MI, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, VA and WA, and we are continuing to expand.

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Advancing testing and containment for COVID-19

Public health officials globally are working together to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Expanding access to reliable screening is critical to containment efforts.

The Baseline COVID-19 Program is an effort to expand access to COVID-19 screening and testing.

The Baseline COVID-19 Program is focused on:

  • Helping those with concerns about COVID-19 to possibly get tested at no cost to you
  • Enabling public health officials to target testing efforts

Advancing testing and containment for COVID-19

Public health officials globally are working together to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Expanding access to reliable screening is critical to containment efforts.

The Baseline COVID-19 Program is an effort to expand access to COVID-19 screening and testing.

The Baseline COVID-19 Program is focused on:

  • Helping those with concerns about COVID-19 to possibly get tested at no cost to you
  • Enabling public health officials to target testing efforts

Partner with us

We are collaborating with state, federal, and local health authorities as well as other healthcare partners to expand access to COVID-19 screening and testing. Visit our partner program page if your organization is interested in establishing testing sites or supporting COVID-testing in coordination with the Baseline COVID-19 Program.

Also available for those establishing new community-based testing sites: COVID-19 Community-Based Testing Program Guide

Partner with us

We are collaborating with state, federal, and local health authorities as well as other healthcare partners to expand access to COVID-19 screening and testing. Visit our partner program page if your organization is interested in establishing testing sites or supporting COVID-testing in coordination with the Baseline COVID-19 Program.

Also available for those establishing new community-based testing sites: COVID-19 Community-Based Testing Program Guide

Verily, an Alphabet company dedicated to making health information useful, created Project Baseline to help build the next generation of healthcare tools and services. In collaboration with the California Governor’s office, federal, state, and local public health authorities, we are using these efforts to facilitate screening and testing people for COVID-19. We are also expanding to work with other healthcare partners.

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What’s involved?

COVID-19 testing is open in select states.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Project Baseline?

Project Baseline is an initiative to make it easy and engaging for people to contribute to the map of human health and participate in clinical research. The Baseline platform is purpose-built for securely managing personal health information and has been in use for several years. In collaboration with the California Governor’s office, federal, state, and local public health authorities, the Baseline platform is being used to facilitate screening and testing people for COVID-19.

What is the Baseline COVID-19 Program?

The Baseline COVID-19 Program was established as part of California’s community-based testing program under the direction of the California Department of Public Health. The Baseline COVID-19 Program is a connected and secure solution to support individuals from screening through testing and receipt of their test results, which is done under physician direction. Unlike a simple digital screener, this connected solution enables follow-up with individuals who are screened for future testing based on changes in screening criteria. This program has already screened thousands of individuals in California and is expanding to other states. The Baseline COVID-19 Program is collaborating with other healthcare partners to expand access to testing.

What is Verily?

Project Baseline was founded by Verily, a subsidiary of Alphabet focused on life sciences and healthcare and is a sister company to Google.

Why am I asked to create an account?

For the Baseline COVID-19 Program to work, Verily needs a way to authenticate users to appropriately protect their information. Verily turned to Google for this service because Google Account provides best in class authentication. We ask that you link to an existing Google Account or create a new Google Account (which can be done with any email address) for authentication purposes and so that we may securely and privately contact you during the screening and testing process. All the data provided by Baseline COVID-19 Program users for screening is stored separately and not directly linked to a user’s Google Account, which is used for authentication purposes.

How is testing eligibility determined?

Eligibility is determined in coordination with local health officials. The screening questions provide information to public health authorities and help prioritize individuals for scheduling based on site capacity.

If you previously took the screener and were not eligible based on previous criteria, you will be able to retake it starting May 15th. Simply sign back in to do so.

Is this only available in California?

We initially worked with the California Department of Public Health to direct high-risk individuals to newly-launched testing centers across the state. These sites are a part of the California community-based testing program, in conjunction with federal guidelines.

If you are located in California, you can also find the most currently COVID-19 health resources from your county here.

As testing capabilities expand, we will work with the state of California and other local public health authorities and healthcare partners to scale to provide risk screening to more populations. We have developed and published a guide with input from the California Department of Public Health that includes tips and best practices to help other communities launch testing sites, and instructions on how to integrate with the Baseline COVID-19 Program.

How is Rite Aid involved?

Rite Aid is one of the Baseline COVID-19 Program’s partners. Some of the testing sites listed here are at Rite Aid store locations. We are continuing to expand and add new sites. Regardless of which test site you are closest to, you will still follow this same process to complete the screener and schedule testing.

Will this affect my insurance or medical services?

Testing at any Rite Aid site will not result in charges to your insurance carrier regardless of whether insurance information is collected.

NON-CALIFORNIANS

Participating in this testing program will not affect your insurance or medical services.  We will not share any information with your insurance company, primary care physician or other providers without your permission; however, information may be shared with health care professionals and clinical laboratories involved in collection and processing of any biospecimens in connection with the Baseline COVID-19 Program. You and your doctor will continue to make decisions about your care.

CALIFORNIANS

If you live in California and have health insurance, you will be asked to provide your insurance information to schedule an appointment. We are asking for insurance information in order to ensure testing costs are distributed appropriately across insurers, state, and federal government funds. Your health insurance information will only be used by third parties for the purpose of submitting claims for reimbursement to your health insurance plans for the services they provide.

How much does it cost to be tested?

If you are not in California, COVID-19 testing is available at no cost to you, regardless of your health insurance status. 

If you’re in California, you will be asked to provide your health insurance information to schedule an appointment. Most health insurance plans will cover the full cost of testing, at no expense to you. If you don’t have insurance, you will not be charged for the services provided.  

We encourage you to check with your health insurance plan to see if they will cover testing through this program, particularly if you have any of the following plans: 

  • short-term, limited-duration insurance
  • retiree-only health plans

How will you protect my privacy and my data?

The Baseline COVID-19 Program was designed with the privacy and security of personal health information at the forefront. Verily’s Baseline COVID-19 Program is supported by our existing Baseline platform, which was built to securely manage personal health information and designed to follow applicable federal and state regulations governing the collection and use of an individual’s data. Data collected by Verily from individuals is used and disclosed in accordance with the permissions obtained through our authorization form and data is stored in advanced systems with security and privacy protocols.

Verily’s Baseline COVID-19 Program uses Google infrastructure, security services, data storage, website hosting, and other support functions to safely store and protect the data collected on the COVID-19 Program website. Google has a world class team of security and privacy experts dedicated to building, maintaining, and evolving defenses for the Google ecosystem. Google works diligently to keep its infrastructure, code, data, and other intangible assets secure from unauthorized access, alteration, and disclosure. More information about Google’s secure infrastructure design can be found at its Infrastructure Security Design Overview (available at https://cloud.google.com/security/infrastructure/design/).

Why am I being asked to sign an authorization form?

We need your authorization to collect, use and share information in compliance with multiple health regulations and that authorization must be provided before screening begins. The services the Baseline COVID-19 Program is providing inherently require the limited and responsible sharing of information with other groups. Specifically, this information is being used by Departments of Public Health for their operational and planning purposes. In addition, we need to share this information with companies that are performing the testing onsite or laboratories that are running the test. This sharing is fundamental to the coordination of services and is done on limited terms to achieve the purposes of the Baseline COVID-19 Program. Verily is committed to protecting the security and privacy of individual health data entered through the Program.

Who will my data be shared with?

Verily will have access to information that directly identifies you, including your name, street address, email address, phone number, health insurance information (if applicable), and survey responses. This information may also be provided to Verily’s contractors, the healthcare professionals who collect your specimen, the clinical laboratory that processes your specimen, the entity that is operating the site and its contractors, the state Department of Public Health and potentially other federal, state, and local health authorities, and other entities that assist with the testing program.

The information collected will be used to perform the test, administer and improve the testing program, and for public health purposes. Your health insurance information will only be used by third parties for the purpose of submitting claims for reimbursement to your health insurance plans for the services they provide.

Your test results may be provided to Verily and further shared with public health authorities, to inform public health actions to help protect our community.

Verily uses Google infrastructure, security services, data storage, website hosting, and other support functions to safely store and protect the data collected on the COVID-19 Program website. Google’s access to data is strictly limited to the purpose of providing such services. All the data provided by Baseline COVID-19 Program users for screening is stored separately and not directly linked to a user’s Google Account, which is used for authentication purposes.

To learn more, read our privacy policy.

How do I get tested?

There are two steps to this process: screening and testing. First, you will create an account and take the online screener. The screening questions provide information to public health authorities and help prioritize individuals for scheduling based on site capacity. If there is an available appointment, you will receive details on how and where to get tested. Once tested, you’ll be informed via email or phone when your COVID-19 test results are available.

My child is under 18 but I’m concerned they need to be tested. Can I fill out the screener questions for them?

Unfortunately no. At this time, only those who are 18 years or older are eligible through this program and anyone who is prioritized for testing will need to provide your reference ID number and a valid photo ID to confirm identity at the testing site. Please consult with your physician if you have concerns about your family’s health.

What do I do if I am an essential worker awaiting test results?

If you believe you have symptoms of COVID-19 or that you have been exposed to the virus, you should consult your place of work for specific guidance about whether to stay home or continue working.

I’ve completed the COVID-19 testing. When can I expect my results?

We estimate that those tested will receive results within 1-3 days, however this may be longer depending on test processing. Lab capacity has been extremely limited in the early days of state-wide testing, and that capacity is steadily increasing over time. Please log in to your projectbaseline.com home page to check for result updates.

In case it has been over 7 days since your test and you have not received your results, please reach out to covid19@pwnhealth.com. You will also receive an email from PWNHealth when your results are available.

Can I cancel or reschedule my test appointment?

We recommend that you continue with your test appointment, regardless of your current symptoms. Testing is an important part of tracking and understanding the impact of COVID-19. If you wish to cancel or reschedule your appointment, simply log in to do so.

What type of test is being used in this program?

The test method the Verily COVID-19 Baseline Testing Program is using is called Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). PCR tests check for genetic material (viral RNA) produced by the virus. This determines if an individual is actively infected with COVID-19. Please note that this test does not screen for antibodies.

Test methods may vary across sites as the program expands to new locations.

Is this program HIPAA compliant?

The Baseline COVID-19 Testing Program maintains compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

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