No COVID-19 testing at T.F. Green Airport for Christmas travelers

WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) – There won’t be COVID-19 testing inside the terminal at T.F. Green Airport this week, like there was for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

According to state health officials, it’s not needed, because of statewide testing changes since November, when about 1,700 people got tested at the airport.

“We’re really focusing on a little bit of a different approach to testing,” Joseph Wendelken, a spokesperson for Rhode Island Department of Health, said. “We have these pop-up sites available. We’re doing much more testing now than we were even around Thanksgiving time. We really built out our infrastructure, so we have many more slots open at sites throughout the state.”

Some passengers told ABC 6 News they were surprised to learn of the change.

“I think it’s interesting especially as case numbers increase and COVID maintains the cases that it does,” passenger Rebeca Esteves said.

Also, Wendelken said, everyone is still being advised to maintain the same rules as the Thanksgiving holiday weekend by wearing masks, keeping a safe distance, and only gathering with people who live in their household.

“Eventually we’re going to really start encouraging people to get vaccinated when they’re eligible, so we’re hopeful that we’re not going to see any increases and that we’re going to continue on the trend that we’re on now,” Wendelken said.

According to state COVID-19 guidelines, travelers need to get tested—and have a negative test result—within 72 hours of arrival or quarantine for 14 days.

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