As federal officials increasingly rely on tech companies to help combat the spread of COVID-19, entrepreneurs across the country are retooling their existing digital applications to aid in coronavirus detection and prevention efforts. Whether it’s working with local and state health officials to leverage their apps, or figuring out ways to implement their services in a beneficial way, startups are determining how to best utilize their mobile apps for the public good.
St. Louis City health officials said all of the COVID-19 patients who have died in the city are African American.
This spring, the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office was supposed to be rolling out an app that would allow for anonymous reporting to prevent gun violence. In November, Amazon Web Services (AWS) selected Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner’s office as a 2019 City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge Winner, which meant the company committed to help design and implement the “HomeSafe1st app.”
On Tuesday morning, a new drive-through testing site will open in Ferguson at 800 Chambers Rd. It is being fully funded through the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis and Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s family foundation. Testing is free.