SFO First US Airport to Launch Rapid COVID Testing
SFO has just announced the launch of the first rapid COVID-19 testing program for airport employees in the United States, partnering with Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care to provide employee testing both on-airport and at nearby Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Bay Area care locations.
The program launched with the testing of airline flight crews in late July. The on-airport testing facility, located in the International Terminal, is currently returning test results in less than an hour and anticipates further reductions in test result wait times.
The GoHealth Urgent Care Return to Work program provides knowledgeable and experienced clinical guidance and resources, rapid COVID-19 testing capabilities and a tailored COVID-19 care program to evaluate, test and care for airport employees to ensure their ongoing health and well-being. SFO selected the GoHealth Urgent Care program to streamline the process and protect its employees.
Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care’s dedicated COVID-19 testing area (located outside of the terminal and away from passenger traffic) will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and employees will be able to save their spot in advance online via the GoHealth Urgent Care link shared by their employer.
Currently tests are for flight crews and and airport employess, but are not yet available for passengers. SF Gate reports that Tokyo’s Haneda airport has COVID screening for arriving international passengers with results back in less than an hour.