Tampa International Airport to expand COVID-19 testing service

Tampa International Airport to expand COVID-19 testing service
Tampa International announced they will be the first airport in the country to offer pre-flight COVID-19 testing. The airport partnered with BayCare Health System to offer on-the-spot testing inside their main terminal. There will be both COVID and Antibody testing, and flyers can get their results in 15 minutes. However, each test costs about $125. (Source: TAMPA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT)

TAMPA, Fla. (WWSB) - Tampa International Airport and BayCare Health System are expanding its COVID-19 testing program after a successful launch earlier this month.

The COVID-19 testing site is located in the airport’s Main Terminal, near the entrance to Airside F. When it launched on Oct. 1, TPA became the first airport in the country to offer two types of FDA-approved COVID-19 tests (Polymerase Chain Reaction and rapid antigen) for all departing and arriving passengers.

So far, the program has accomplished the following highlights:

  • An average of 130 to 140 passenger tests per day during the pilot
  • Completed more than 3,000 passenger tests in October
  • PCR is the most popular test among travelers
  • Majority of those tested were departing passengers who tested days in advance of travel

Additional staff will be added to help alleviate wait times. Services are offered on a walk-in basis, seven days a week. Starting on Nov. 2, the testing site will have new hours of operation: Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday and Sunday.

TPA’s COVID-19 testing site will be closed on Nov. 1, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

A new price increase of $150 for the PCR test and $60 for the rapid antigen test will help offset the cost of additional BayCare staff on-site.

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