An Evanston teenager who created a website to help residents book COVID vaccine appointments now has a new mission: to create a website to help residents find coronavirus tests at home if the kits harder to find.
Eli Coustan, a 14-year-old whose vaccine appointment website has helped countless people book their vaccinations, says his COVID test finder was due to his family’s difficulty finding tests before a congregation.
“It was difficult to find these when we were going to meet my aunt,” he said. “A few days later I thought, ‘Is there a way for me to create a website that lists where you can send COVID tests to your home’ and then I created it.”
The website, FindaCOVIDTest.org, allows users to select the test brand they want and which store to order it from. The site then scours the internet for results.
“You can see if something is in stock, and if not, you can set up notifications in some stores so that you can get a notification when they’re back in stock,” he said.
The site uses either email or text notifications for residents looking for tests in specific areas.
While many of the site’s users were local, it has helped individuals in other parts of the country, including Pennsylvania-resident Jennifer Kapp.
Eli Coustan is only 13 but the Evanston teenager is helping older residents, including his grandparents, make appointments to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Regina Waldroup from NBC 5 has his story and the link to his website can be found here.
“Immediately I was shown about eight different hits, and it shows you what websites they are and how much they cost. Then you can just click, go straight to the website and order immediately, ”she said.
Max Stein is another user of the website and swears by the intuitive design.
“By offering this service, it enables people to know their status sooner, 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While hoping the website can help people find the tests they need, he also hopes the website will soon be out of date once the government starts sending out COVID tests to individuals who request them.
“We don’t want a shortage of tests at home,” 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. In my opinion, that is the goal. “