COVID-19 testing now available at Newark Liberty International Airport

Testing for the coronavirus is now available at Newark Liberty International Airport.

News 12 Staff

Sep 8, 2020, 9:30 PM

Updated 1,322 days ago

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Testing for the coronavirus is now available at Newark Liberty International Airport.
Passengers traveling through the airport have to wear masks and there is Plexiglas to provide safety. Now testing is available at Terminal B.
“This is all about safety,” says Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole.
The Port Authority says it is creating safer ways for passengers to fly again, including the installation of XpresCheck testing pods.
“You’re going to have the ability to come in as a passenger and be tested as to whether you have COVID or the COVID antibodies,” O’Toole says.
The testing pods are located on the third level of the terminal. There are nine rooms. Testing is available for airport employees or ticketed passengers. Results will be delivered within two to five days. But testing will soon be much quicker.
“Later this month, we will have a fast 15-minute test which will be game-changing for passengers and employees alike,” says Doug Satzman of XpresCheck.
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The Port Authority states that 25% of passengers have returned to Newark Liberty since April. But the number of travelers around the country remains critically low due to the pandemic.
Around 900,000 people traveled through airports nationwide on Sunday, compared to 2.2 million who were flying on the same day last year.
Traveler Ramon Jovel was using XpresCheck so that he could fly to visit relatives in Honduras. He says that he must have proof of a COVID test within 72 hours of flying.
“We go to another clinic and we don’t know what is happening…more confident over here,” he says.
That confidence and safety is what Port Authority and airline officials say that they are trying to provide.


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