COVID-19 testing now available for passengers
EIA and Numi Health partner to answer demand for service
Edmonton International Airport (EIA), with Numi Health Inc. (Numi), has launched a new service for passengers to offer two kinds of COVID-19 testing to help prepare for a safe return to travel.
The new service is an evolution of the screening program that began at the end of March for front-line airport employees. It is available for passengers who may need proof of a negative COVID-19 test for travel to a specific destination.
There are two kinds of tests available:
Rapid screening conducted by an antigen test with results provided within 30 minutes
A PCR test with the sample taken at EIA, sent to a medical laboratory with results emailed within 24-48 hours
Passengers are responsible for knowing which kind of test they may require and should consult their airline in advance or research their destination. Additional information is also available on the Government of Canada website. This service is part of EIA’s plans to be ready for a return to safe travel when the time is right. By putting this program into place now, it compliments EIA’s Ready program which focuses on putting health and safety first with a combination of enhanced cleaning and incorporating new technologies.
“We’ve heard loud and clear from passengers that this is a service they both want, and in some cases need, for travel. We are already offering screening for front-line airport employees and now we are growing this service to include passengers to increase safety.” – Myron Keehn, Vice-President, Air Service and Business Development
“We are proud to be expanding our Edmonton International Airport screening to help keep passengers safe and provide peace of mind through convenient testing solutions. As the airline industry prepares for the return of travel demand, Numi is committed to providing patient-centric programs, with mobile service to homes and offices, and pop-up clinics at places like the airport.” – Peter Verburg, Founder and CEO, Numi Health Inc.
The screening area is located on the second level between Doors 26-27 on the north end of the terminal. Results for antigen tests are shared only with the person who has had the test done. If they are getting an antigen test, passengers are asked to wait for printed documentation of their testing result before leaving the area. If they receive a positive result, passengers must return home and contact Alberta Health Service to determine if a full COVID-19 PCR test is required.
In preparation for a return of travel demand, the EIA Ready program, which launched in the spring of 2020, focuses on COVID-19 safety. Since then, EIA has been accredited by Airports Council International under its rigorous Airport Health Accreditation Programme. The accreditation means EIA is meeting high standards on how it has responded to COVID-19 and passenger safety concerns. The airport is also supporting efforts by Explore Edmonton to achieve a city-wide designation for COVID-19 safety under the industry-led GBAC (Global Biorisk Advisory Council) Star Program. When passengers return in greater numbers, they can be confident EIA is a safe facility for them to travel through.
EIA Ready Quick Facts
Since March 2020, Edmonton International Airport has provided or used approximately:
180 litres/month of hand sanitizer in 125 dispensers compared to 12 litres/month before
Approximately 4,262 sanitizing wipes a month compared to none before
30,000 cleaning gloves per month compared to 10,000/month before
All touch points are wiped down at least three-times per cleaning shift
10 ‘fogging’ machines are used to disinfect surfaces such as seating areas
UVC light-based sanitizing devices have been installed on escalator handrails
Self-cleaning, UVC-based, check-in machines have been installed in US Customs
There is an additional cost for each test for passengers, please visit numihealth.com to book a test and for more information. To learn more about EIA’s safety processes and COVID-19 response please visit flyeia.com/ready.
About Edmonton International Airport
Edmonton International Airport is a self-funded, not-for-profit corporation whose mandate is to drive economic prosperity for the Edmonton Region. EIA is Canada’s fifth-busiest airport by passenger traffic and the largest major Canadian airport by land area. EIA offers non-stop connections to destinations across Canada, the US, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe. EIA is a major economic driver, with an economic output of over $3.2 billion, supporting over 26,000 jobs. For more information, please visit: flyeia.com, follow @flyeia on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn or Facebook.
About Numi Health Inc.
Numi is Canada’s premier mobile medical service, designed by a team of tech entrepreneurs and health professionals who are educated, passionate and committed to delivering improved access to medical services and more convenient care. The team includes doctors, nurses, pharmacists, infectious disease specialists and microbiologists. Together they deliver a customized and efficient healthcare experience through cutting-edge technology and a customer-centered approach to service delivery. For more information visit numihealth.com
Darrell Winwood Corporate and Digital Communications, Edmonton International Airport c: 587 338 4454 e: firstname.lastname@example.org