SEVERE WX : High Wind Warning View Alerts

Google Maps releases new features to help people navigate coronavirus hot spots

Google Maps has launched new features to help users safely get around during the coronavirus pandemic.More than 11 million people worldwide have contr...

Posted: Jul 6, 2020 8:34 AM

Google Maps has launched new features to help users safely get around during the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 11 million people worldwide have contracted the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University, and 500,000 have died.

Countries and regions have implemented varying restrictions, depending on the severity of their outbreaks, and that has complicated travel.

"COVID-19 has certainly impacted the way that we move around in the world," Google Maps product management director Ramesh Nagarajan said in a news release in June.

"As cities and countries across the globe adapt, we're committed to bringing the most pertinent information right to your fingertips. So when you're ready and able to, you can safely venture out," Nagarajan said.

To assist travelers, Google Maps is collecting data from local and national agencies and governments and alerting users to pertinent information.

Here's what users can expect:

Restriction alerts

Google Maps users will receive driving alerts to notify them of Covid-19 checkpoints when crossing national borders, as well as varying restrictions along their routes.

Drivers will see the alert on the directions screen if they are entering an area impacted by certain restrictions, such as a mask mandate or social distancing regulations.

Checkpoint and restriction alerts are currently available in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Testing alerts

When someone is driving to a medical facility or coronavirus testing center, they will receive alerts reminding them of eligibility and facility guidelines, "to avoid being turned away or causing additional strain on the local healthcare system," Nagarajan said.

Alerts for medical facilities are available in Indonesia, Israel, the Philippines, South Korea and US. Testing center alerts are available in the US.

Public transit alerts

When using Google Maps to navigate public transportation in an area affected by Covid-19 restrictions, travelers will receive alerts from local transit agencies with reminders of regulations, like mask requirements or if government mandates are impacting transit services.

Transit alerts are rolling out in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, France, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the US.

In 2019 Google Maps introduced crowdedness predictions for public transit using millions of contributions from riders to show people how crowded bus lines or trains are. Now it's easier for people to submit their own crowdedness experience and check out how busy a train or bus they are about to take tends to be.

This will help commuters practice social distancing by avoiding crowded rides and planning their trip around times that aren't as busy.

Some features are not yet available in every country.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 2988326

Reported Deaths: 33589
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles101466213848
San Bernardino2512131560
Riverside2394122517
San Diego2117872103
Orange2108132367
Santa Clara926251065
Kern84644565
Fresno81294932
Sacramento791221080
Alameda66583757
Ventura60368412
San Joaquin56642748
Contra Costa51573446
Stanislaus42337739
Tulare40655501
Monterey35418250
San Mateo31805294
San Francisco28853254
Imperial25140463
Solano24732105
Santa Barbara24149231
Sonoma23607234
Merced23492296
Kings19125133
Placer16995173
San Luis Obispo15466128
Madera13193130
Santa Cruz12026113
Marin11482153
Yolo10406131
Shasta9594117
Butte9359121
El Dorado757544
Sutter756077
Napa735639
Lassen509413
San Benito488243
Yuba481827
Tehama397142
Tuolumne330438
Nevada314473
Mendocino307631
Amador298629
Lake250428
Humboldt229424
Glenn189419
Colusa16919
Calaveras159623
Siskiyou140813
Mono10834
Inyo92429
Del Norte8532
Plumas5735
Modoc3793
Mariposa3444
Trinity3024
Alpine730
Sierra700
Unassigned00
Chico
Partly Cloudy
64° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 64°
Oroville
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 66°
Chico
Partly Cloudy
64° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 64°
Red Bluff
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 68°
Red Bluff
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 68°
Chico
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 64°
Very gusty winds, dry weather, and warm temperatures are ahead for your Martin Luther King Jr. Day today. We'll be very windy, but not as warm on Tuesday. Lighter winds, cooler temperatures, and the potential for wet weather will return in your extended forecast.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events