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San Francisco Opens Rapid COVID-19 Testing Center For Employees

San Francisco Opens Rapid COVID-19 Testing Center For Employees
Joe Cortez

San Francisco International Airport is the first airport in the United States to offer rapid COVID-19 testing – but only for airport employees. The facility is using Dignity Health’s GoHealth Urgent Care Return to Work program to give airport workers tests that come back in as little as one hour.

Flyers inbound to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) will have another protection measure during the COVID-19 pandemic – but it won’t be directly available to them. In a press release, the airport announced the opening of the first rapid COVID-19 testing site in the United States available to airport employees.

Rapid Testing Site Gives Results in As Little As One Hour

The rapid test location is in partnership with Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care, as part of the latter’s Return to Work program. After a successful trial with flight crews in July 2020, the facility is being expanded to include airport workers as well.

The test site is available to airport workers who make an appointment between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. Currently housed in the international terminal, the testing site is capable of providing tests and results in around one hour. The goal is to evaluate employees’ health regularly, to ensure they do not contract the novel Coronavirus, and ensure they don’t pass it to passengers or airline staff.

“SFO continues to take action to protect the health and safety of both our employees and our travelers,” airport director Ivar C. Satero said in a press release. “Thanks to this partnership with Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care, SFO is the first US airport to offer convenient testing for airport employees with rapid results. I am grateful to the entire team who made this milestone a reality.”

Rapid Test Facility Part of Expanded COVID-19 Response by Air Travel Industry

Although the test site is not open to travelers arriving or departing from the airport, it is another example of how ground-based stakeholders are trying to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. At Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), a trial involving multiple thermal cameras is in use to try and identify potential travelers who may be carrying the novel Coronavirus. And at London Heathrow Airport (LHR), airport officials have come up with a plan to offer testing to arriving passengers, which could cut down the quarantine time from 14 days to a matter of hours.

Feature Photo Courtesy: San Francisco International Airport

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