Use Coronavirus Testing Sites

The Coronavirus Testing Sites solution delivers a set of capabilities that help you identify at-risk populations, locate optimal testing sites, manage testing site status, and share testing site information with the public.

In this topic, you’ll learn how to use the solution by assuming the role of a user and performing the workflows below.

Identify at-risk populations

At-risk populations can be quickly modeled using the Testing Site Allocation project. By default, the risk model helps you identify racial and socioeconomic vulnerability.

Organizations can select specific demographic variables that align with risk factors you are concerned about in your community. The variables will help you create a risk map and allocate testing sites to these areas of need.

You will start by assuming the role of an emergency response GIS analyst. You are asked to use the Testing Site Allocation project to create a community risk surface.

  1. Start ArcGIS Pro and open the Testing Site Allocation project.
  2. On the View tab, in the Windows group, click Catalog, and click Catalog Pane.
  3. In the Catalog pane, expand the Tasks folder, and double-click the Testing Site Allocation task.
  4. In the Task pane, click the Testing Site Allocation task group to expand the collection of tasks.
  5. Follow the steps in each task.

Locate the best testing sites

The best testing sites can be quickly located with the Testing Site Allocation project. Use the previously defined risk map, population demand, and a list of candidate sites to locate the best testing sites in your community.

You will start by assuming the role of an emergency response GIS analyst. You are asked to use the Testing Site Allocation project to select the best testing sites from a list of candidate sites that meet needs defined in the risk map and other population demand.

  1. Start ArcGIS Pro and open the Testing Site Allocation project.
  2. On the View tab, in the Windows group, click Catalog, and click Catalog Pane.
  3. In the Catalog pane, expand the Tasks folder, and double-click the Testing Site Allocation task.
  4. In the Task pane, click the Testing Site Allocation task group to expand the collection of tasks.
  5. Open the Identify candidate sites task and follow the steps provided.
  6. Next, open the Identify best testing sites task and follow the steps provided.

Inventory testing sites

Laboratory tests can identify the virus that causes COVID-19 in respiratory specimens. As a result, health and human services officials are establishing testing sites to track the spread of disease and ensure proper treatment and isolation for those infected.

Coronavirus testing sites can be added to your inventory and shared with the public. The Testing Sites Locator app can be used to share status information with the public.

In this workflow, you'll learn how to add a new coronavirus testing site in your community and share this information with the public.

Add a testing site

You will start by assuming the role of an emergency response mapping technician. You are asked to use the Testing Sites Manager to add a new test site that was recently opened in your community.

  1. Sign in to your ArcGIS organization, search for Testing Sites Manager, and open the app.
  2. Click Edit Testing Sites and place the location of a testing site on the map.
    Tip:

    If you already have a list of testing sites in a spreadsheet, you can use the Load Testing Sites widget to load the entire list of testing sites.

  3. Enter details about the testing site:

    ParameterValue
    Name of Facility

    Type South Stadium Parking Lot

    Full Address

    Type 123 Main Street

    Phone

    Type 555-555-5555

    Website

    Type https://website.com

    Operational Hours

    Type 8am - 5pm

    Comments

    Type Appointment required

    Instructions

    Type Multiple lines available with drive-through access

    Status

    Select Open

  4. Click Save and click Clear.
  5. Click an existing testing site to update the operational hours, status, and any other characteristics, and click Save.

Locate a testing site

Now, you will assume the role of a resident in the same community. You have coronavirus symptoms and want to locate the nearest testing site.

  1. In a browser, go to the Testing Sites Locator app.
  2. Type your address in the search box or click a location directly on the map.
  3. Optionally, adjust the buffer slider to see a larger list of potential testing sites.
  4. Select the closest testing site from the list and review the instructions provided.
  5. Click the Directions tab to view driving directions to the testing site from your defined location.