GTAA and Switch Health introduce Covid-19 testing services
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GTAA and Switch Health introduce Covid-19 testing services

15 Jul 2021 (Last Updated July 15th, 2021 09:24)

Switch Health will deploy advanced tools for carrying out the Covid-19 tests.

GTAA and Switch Health introduce Covid-19 testing services
The testing services will be available to both departing passengers and the general public. Credit: Jiaqian AirplaneFan / Wikimedia.

Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), operator of Toronto Pearson International Airport, along with Switch Health, are set to launch Covid-19 testing services at the airport.

The testing services will be available to both departing passengers and the general public.

For international arriving travellers, the testing continues to be needed, which is conducted by Switch Health in collaboration with the Canadian Government.

Switch Health, in collaboration with the GTAA Healthy Airport programme, will offer the testing services at a new on-airport clinic situated in Value Park Garage.

The clinic will operate daily from 5am to 11pm and consumers can book their slots in advance through Switch Health’s booking portal.

For testing, Switch Health will deploy advanced tools, including AI-enabled health monitoring solutions.

The services will be conducted via Switch Health’s patient portal, named ASMO.

In a statement, GTAA said: “Gold standard RT-PCR Covid-19 tests will be available either through express three to six-hour or standard 12 to 24-hour turnaround times and rapid antigen tests will be available with results in under 30 minutes.

“Pre-departure tests are currently required for entry into the US and the UK, as well as most other countries around the world.”

The testing service has been based on a research study that was carried out at the airport earlier this year.

This research study received some funding from the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) Industrial Research Assistance Program.

It studied the test’s efficacy in a high-throughput, commercial environment for concluding whether it will be successfully executed at the airport or not.

In addition, the airport has developed a new technology, along with IT partner Wipro, to facilitate physical distancing and contact tracing.

Switch Health CEO Dilian Stoyanov said: “Canada must be extra vigilant to continue to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and its variants and we are doing so with a permanent onsite testing facility at Toronto Pearson Airport to deliver rapid results.”

In March, GTAA introduced a new Covid-19 programme for the frontline GTAA employees.