Rapid COVID-19 tests are now available for Suncor Energy workers travelling through the Edmonton International Airport to northern Alberta.
Since late April, Numi Health Inc, a digital health company, has been offering rapid COVID-19 antigen tests for Suncor workers who are departing on charter flights from the Edmonton International Airport (EIA) to northern Alberta.
The test kits are supplied by the Alberta government and the program for Suncor workers is available through a partnership with Suncor, EIA and Alberta Health Services (AHS).
“While we wait for wider access to vaccines, expanding corporate screening programs in Alberta helps protect essential workers, like those employed in Alberta’s energy industry,” said Peter Verburg, founder and CEO of Numi in a news release.
“Rapid antigen testing provides results in as little as 15 minutes, allowing employees to return to work while minimizing concern about contracting or spreading the virus. We are proud to deliver this industry-leading program to protect the health of Suncor’s team in the field.”
Numi has already been providing COVID-19 screening for airport workers and travellers at EIA each week through a pop-up clinic in the main terminal of the building.
“We are pleased to work with Numi to support rapid testing options at our airport, both for our employees and essential travellers heading to Suncor’s worksites,” said Steve Maybe, vice-president of operations and infrastructure at EIA in the release. “The health and safety of travellers is our top priority and having Numi’s professional staff on site provides a convenient service for essential workers and those who need to travel now.”
As air travel remains necessary for many energy workers, the program aims to serve as an added measure of protection for the health and safety of Suncor’s workers required on site.
“With safety above all else as a core value at Suncor, we consider rapid antigen screening as an additional layer of protection to reduce COVID-19 transmission. We are most appreciative of the collaboration involved in this effort to protect our workforce, their families and our communities,” said Sylvie Tran, vice-president of environment, health and safety at Suncor.