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Find the nearest Covid-19 test site with Amazon Alexa

You can ask Alexa to find the nearest place to take a Covid-19 test.

Todd Haselton | CNBC

Amazon recently added a new feature to Alexa Voice Assistant that lets you find the nearest place to get a Covid-19 test.

It works on phones and through the Amazon Echo smart speaker. I think it’s best on a phone or on an echo with a screen, since it shows you a list of places nearby and how far each place is. Here̵

7;s what you do.

  • Open the Alexa app on your phone.
  • Press the “Press to talk to Alexa” button at the top.
  • Say, “Where can I get tested for Covid-19?”

Alexa will return a list of nearby locations using data obtained from GISCorps and other sources, such as Yelp. In my case, it showed eight locations within 10 miles of me. If you tap a place, you will see a phone number you can call to confirm that appointments are available, if needed.

If you use an echo that does not show each location, simply say “Alexa, call the first one” to call the recommended test location.

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