Coronavirus testing site opens at Boston’s Logan Airport
BOSTON (AP) — The first coronavirus testing site at Boston’s Logan International Airport opened on Wednesday.
The site, located in Terminal E and operated by health and wellness company XpresSpa Group, will be for airport and airline employees at first but will start testing travelers, as well, in mid-November, the company said.
“It helps create a safer environment and reduces risk,” company CEO Doug Satzman told WBUR News on Tuesday. “Testing is not the only answer. It’s just one of the important pieces of the puzzle.”
The facility at the airport — the largest in New England and among the busiest in the United States — will offer three tests: a quick test that returns results within 15 minutes; a nasal swab test; and a blood antibody test. The facility will be able to process about 400 tests a day, the company said.
“We’re pleased to offer this service as a convenient option for passengers to comply with the Commonwealth’s travel order,” airport spokeswoman Jennifer Mehigan said in a statement.
Travelers to Massachusetts, or residents returning from a high-risk state, are required to quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to arrival in Massachusetts.
The airport has seen a steep drop in passenger traffic during the pandemic.
The company already operates coronavirus testing facilities at Kennedy International Airport in New York and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.
©The Associated Press 2020