Evanston Teen website helps make it easier to find home COVID tests – NBC Chicago

A teenager from Evanston who created a website to help residents book COVID vaccine appointments now has a new mission, creating a site that will help residents find coronavirus tests at home at a time when kits have become more difficult to locate.

Eli Coustan, a 14-year-old whose vaccine dating website has helped countless people book their vaccines, says his COVID test finder was born due to the difficulty his family had to find tests before a rally.

“It was hard to find them when we wanted to have a meeting with my aunt,” he said. “A few days later, I was thinking, ‘is there a way for me to create a website that lists where you can have COVID tests shipped to your home,” and then I created it. “

The website, FindaCOVIDTest.org, allows users to select the test brand they want and allows them to choose which store they want to order it from. The site then scours the Internet for results.

“You can see if there is stock in stock, and if not, you can set up notifications in a few stores to receive notification when they are back in stock,” he said.

The site uses email or SMS notifications for residents looking for tests in specific areas.

While many of the site’s users were locally based, it has helped people in other parts of the country, including Pennsylvania resident Jennifer Kapp.

Eli Coustan is only 13 years old, but the teenager from Evanston is helping older residents, including his grandparents, make appointments to be vaccinated against COVID-19. NBC 5’s Regina Waldroup has her story, and the link to her website can be found here.

“Immediately I had about eight different visits, and that shows you which sites they are and how much they cost, so you can just click, go straight to the website and order right away,” she said. declared.

Max Stein is another user of the website and swears by its intuitive design.

“By providing this service, it allows people to know their status earlier, which will help people stay healthy,” he said.

Coustan says the website has built-in accessibility features and can be used in languages ​​other than English.

While he hopes the website can help people find the tests they need, he also hopes the site will soon become obsolete once the government starts sending COVID tests to people who request them.

“We don’t want a shortage of home testing,” he said. “So if tomorrow the government starts sending out COVID tests to everyone and the site is no longer needed, that would be great. That’s the goal on my mind.

Daniel L. Vasquez