Curative Brings COVID-19 Testing Kiosks to Los Angeles
Rachel Uranga covers the intersection of business, technology and culture. She is a former Mexico-based market correspondent at Reuters and has worked for several Southern California news outlets, including the Los Angeles Business Journal and the Los Angeles Daily News. She has covered everything from IPOs to immigration. Uranga is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism and California State University Northridge. A Los Angeles native, she lives with her husband, son and their felines.
Los Angeles is expected to roll out COVID-19 test kiosks later this month. A similar program in Berkeley may offer a hint of what it will look like.
Curative Inc. the company that administers COVID-19 tests, started a kiosk pilot program in Berkeley that opened last month.
Located in a park in Berkeley, the self-administered testing sites allow individuals to swab their own mouths and place samples in a supervised receptacle. The purple booth with the company's emblem reads "Welcome to your test spot." and "We're glad you are here."
Fred Turner, co-founder of Curative, tweeted out the photos of those kiosk less than a week before Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a similar program on Wednesday.
The kiosks in Los Angeles will process about 500 tests a day and are an alternative to the city's drive-thrus, which can be difficult for residents without cars to get to, Garcetti said.
Great to see our first @Curative mobile COVID-19 testing kiosk in action in @CityofBerkeley this week! We are hopin… https://t.co/yXBL0zOTuY— Fred Turner (@Fred Turner)1596141719.0
"We think this will be a great way of getting tests to people that can't necessarily use one of the drive thrus and making testing more of a part of our daily lives as we continue to fight this pandemic," Turner said during a press conference with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti.
The company is also rolling out a mobile unit that's being deployed to hot spots around Los Angeles. Garcetti said the city wants to be able to bring these to people in need.
"We are just getting to the point where it's getting a lot easier to get tested, but it's going to continue to be a pressing need to offer tests and for anybody who wants a test to be able to get tested," Turner said.
Curative has administered 1 million tests in Los Angeles and is averaging about 18,000 a day with an eye toward growing its capacity further.
Watch the full press announcement below:
COVID-19 Response Update from Mayor Garcetti, August 5, 2020
Join me live at a COVID-19 testing site for the latest on testing and more updates on our work to slow the spread of the virus.
- curative-inc - dot.LA ›
- Here's How Curative, Inc, Plans to Roll Out Coronavirus Testing to ... ›
- Watch: Curative Sends 240K COVID-19 Tests to Texas as Infections ... ›
- Your Next COVID Test Could Come From a Vending Machine - dot.LA ›
- Curative Founder Fred Turner on Next Steps For COVID Testing ... ›
- Los Angeles Opens COVID Testing Kiosk at Union Station - dot.LA ›
Subscribe to our newsletter to catch every headline.
Mr. Rogers made the boob tube acceptable television for a generation of kids and parents who had previously seen the small screen as antithetical to learning. Chris Ovitz wants do the same for his new mobile app OK Play, another in a recent blitz of edutainment products for children.
But this one, Ovitz said he has a twist: It's also made for parents. OK Play asks them to put their phones down and play with their young children.
Founding team JJ Aguhob, Chris Ovtiz, Dr. Colleen Russo Johnson, Ken Chung and Travis Chen<p>Originally, OK Company planned to launch their app later this year, but the pandemic left so many families stuck at home searching for child activities that it accelerated the timeline for their launch.</p><p>"We really want to try and help strip away the stress and pressures on parents, remind them that it's okay to just be wherever they are," she said.</p><p>The company will compete in an increasingly crowded multi-billion-dollar edutainment marketplace, but their ambitions are to transcend it.</p><p>"I think the overarching dream for us is to build that once-in-a-generation children's entertainment and technology company, but we can't get there until we really start to build this," said OK Company CEO Aguhob.</p><p>"We are at the starting line," he said, noting there is room to grow eventually adding books, toys and other physical merchandise that traditional media franchises have used to expand their reach.</p><p>"We're not just going to make traditional entertainment because it's the thing that you do," he said "We're going to create a new interactive experience that brings families together. And from that, the media is going to look different." </p><p><em><em>Do you have a story that needs to be told? My DMs are open on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/racheluranga" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">@racheluranga</a>. You can also <a href="mailto:mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org" target="_self">email me</a>.</em></em></p><p><em>**An earlier version misidentified Michael Ovitz's title. </em></p>
- Encantos Plans for a More Diverse Future in US EdTech - dot.LA ›
- Age of Learning Supplements Kids' Remote Learning - dot.LA ›
- Moxie the Robot Helps Children With Autism Through AI - dot.LA ›
Amazon unveiled its supermarket of the future, a grocery store without cashiers or checkout lines considered a technological breakthrough in the $800 billion industry. Shoppers get to grab-and-go with a full cart of items that are scanned automatically and billed to their bank accounts.
But don't expect to see it anytime soon in Los Angeles.