[Tagging] Tagging a specialized COVID-19 testing locations?

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Sat Jan 2 23:03:13 UTC 2021

So far there are 11 uses of healthcare=testing_site -

9 uses of healthcare=test -

4 uses of healthcare:covid19=covid_test -

There are also more specific types of testing like phlebotomy (blood draws)
but this hasn't been used yet.

Perhaps we could have healthcare:testing=* with covid19_pcr,
covid19_antigen and covid19_antibody as three of the options, to add to any
feature which offers the tests?

The FDA says that the PCR tests are types of "molecular" tests, but that's
not what I usually hear them called, "PCR" seems the most common term. But
the antigen or "rapid" tests and antibody tests are well known terms:

-- Joseph Eisenberg

On Sat, Jan 2, 2021 at 2:32 PM Joseph Eisenberg <joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com>

> The most common tag for a place where you get tested for medical problems
> is healthcare=laboratory -
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:healthcare%3Dlaboratory - however
> at a laboratory you do not merely have blood drawn or a test swab
> collected, but the test is actually done there:
> "a place which performs analysis and diagnostics (physicochemical,
> biochemical, hematologic, immunological, microscopic, bacteriological,
> etc.) on body fluids such as blood, urine and faeces.
> A medical laboratory is usually open to the public and equipped with
> measuring instruments, employing professional lab and medical staff. It may
> be an independent entity or a part of a hospital or clinic."
> So what should we use for a location where the nasal swabs are just
> collected but not tested?
> Follow-up question: how should we tag that COVID-19 testing is available?
> It would be good to distinguish antigen (rapid) and PCR assays too. Such
> tags could also be added to amenity=clinc or other facilities that offer
> tests.
> -- Joseph Eisenberg
> (I've been tested for COVID-19 a total of 8 times, at two different
> locations. One is the back door of a large amenity=clinic where you can be
> tested in your car (or in my case, on my bike). The other is a couple of
> tents set up in the far corner of a large parking lot at the shopping mall,
> which is operated by the same HMO (large healthcare insurance/provider).
> This tent has been there for 9 months, operating 9am to 5pm every day, and
> will probably still be there another 9 months, so I would like to map it. )
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