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A Montanan's Websites Aim To Gather Data On Symptomatic People Who Can't Get A COVID-19 Test


With COVID-19 tests still in short supply, a Montana computer programmer created websites intended to tally the number of people in Montana and Wyoming who self-report symptoms of the disease and haven't been able to get tested.

The goal, according to Nick Schwaderer, who built  and , is to relay the data to the states' coronavirus task forces.

"A lot of people are saying that their doctors wish they could test them, saying they have been in direct contact with positives, but can't get tested because they're not over 60," Schwaderer said.

The websites consist of only a map and a form, where folks provide information such as their temperature, symptoms, zip code, and other relevant information.

Schwaderer recognizes that just because people report certain symptoms doesn't mean they have the virus. But he said the data will help show how many people who think they need a test can't get one.

"All we are is a conduit to make sure people are heard," the websites state.

This story was produced by the Mountain West News Bureau, a collaboration between Wyoming Public Media, Boise State Public Radio in Idaho, KUNR in Nevada, the O'Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West in Montana, KUNC in Colorado, KUNM in New Mexico, with support from affiliate stations across the region. Funding for the Mountain West News Bureau is provided in part by the .

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Maggie Mullen is a fifth generation Wyomingite, born and raised in Casper. She is currently a Masters candidate in American Studies and will defend her thesis on female body hair in contemporary American culture this May. Before graduate school, she earned her BA in English and French from the University of Wyoming. Maggie enjoys writing, cooking, her bicycle, swimming in rivers and lakes, and most any dog.
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