The Edmonton International Airport is taking part in an eight-week pilot program that will see rapid COVID-19 tests provided to frontline airport employees.
Working with Alberta Health Services, mobile medical service provider Numi Health Inc. will administer the voluntary rapid antigen tests to asymptomatic workers involved directly with the public like airline staff and employees in terminal shops and restaurants.
“Health and safety are our top priorities, and this is an evolution of our rigorous COVID-19 protocols to have the safest facility we can,” said Myron Keehn, vice-president of air service and business development at EIA, in a news release.
“Partnering with Numi gives frontline employees access to COVID-19 screening that will ultimately help keep passengers and the general public safe and reduce the spread of the virus.”
It is expected as many as 500 rapid tests could be administered every week and testing will take less than 30 minutes between the swab and receiving the result.
The Numi medical team would also help with notifying any positive test results to public health authorities.
“Many Albertans are not able to work from home during the pandemic,” said Peter Verburg, founder and CEO of Numi in the release.
“Protecting the health and safety of those on the front lines is crucial and we are proud to support Alberta businesses, starting with Edmonton International Airport, as they take this next step in employee health and safety.”
Numi has also provided COVID-19 antigen tests to travellers at Edmonton and Calgary International Airports.