Health and wellness company XpresSpa Group, along with City of Phoenix Aviation Department, has opened an XpresCheck Covid-19 testing centre at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Arizona, the US.
A closed urgent care medical clinic has been transformed into an XpresCheck Testing Facility.
With estimated capacity to administer more than 400 tests a day, the facility will host six separate testing rooms.
The main three tests, namely the rapid molecular Covid-19 test, the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, and the blood antibody test, will be included in the testing options.
These tests are currently offered at XpresCheck locations in Newark Liberty International Airport, JFK International Airport and Boston Logan International Airport.
XpresSpa CEO Doug Satzman said: “We are delighted to launch XpresCheck at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, which will be our fourth Covid-19 testing facility in the US, and to be commencing operations ahead of Thanksgiving, which has historically begun the busiest travel period of the year.
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“The infrastructure we have built with XpresCheck is laying the groundwork for much more than coronavirus testing. We are prepared to address second and third waves of the virus, in addition to any other easily transmittable virus in the future.
“While our current focus is providing convenient, reliable Covid-19 testing, our long-term goal is to become the leading brand in the rapidly emerging travel health and wellness category by helping people manage medical conditions during travel.”
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said: “Widespread testing is one of the best ways to fight Covid-19. The City of Phoenix continues to provide testing opportunities for all residents and looks for new, innovative ways to assist in slowing the spread.
“The city’s newest partnership with XpresCheck will offer testing for airport employees, travellers and members of the public. These services will help restore a bit of normalcy and convenience to the airline industry by providing an extra layer of security and comfort.”
To cover the cost of services for Phoenix residents without health insurance, the City of Phoenix will use the funds of the Federal CARES Act, through the end of December.
In a separate development, a drive-through Covid-19 testing site opened at Ontario International Airport (ONT) in California.
Covid Clinic, a Southern California-based non-profit testing entity, will administer the tests. ONT is Covid Clinic’s 24th site.
ONT CEO Mark Thorpe said: “The availability of Covid-19 testing adds a new level of service and convenience to the Ontario airport experience. It is our hope that on-site testing administered in the comfort of a passenger vehicle will provide peace of mind to our customers, guests and airport employees, as well as any of our neighbours who want to be tested.”