Vancouver Airport to Launch Pilot Project Providing Rapid COVID-19 Tests
If passengers return a positive test, they will be rerouted on a future flight at no cost, while their test sample is sent to St. Paul’s Hospital for confirmation.
Thirty-two people have been tested to date.
“So far the results have been really positive – not only positive in the fact that we have not identified any COVIDs, but also positive in terms of the process itself,” YVR CEO said on Friday. , Tamara Vrooman, at Global News.
The story continues under the ad
List of recent flights across British Columbia with COVID-19 exposures
“They find it easy, they find it calming and it really builds their confidence and knowledge in the future.”
Ontario Reports New Record of Over 1,800 Coronavirus Cases, Highest Number of Tests Performed
COVID-19: Dr Deena Hinshaw calls leak of public health meeting tapes a ‘personal betrayal’
Coronavirus: BC seniors call for rapid testing in long-term care homes
The pilot project, a partnership between the airport, WestJet and the University of British Columbia, hopes to test between 1,000 and 1,200 people.
[ Sign up for our Health IQ newsletter for the latest coronavirus updates ]
Researchers are also hoping that screening can catch asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19.
“The technology we’re going to deploy here is called rapid antigen testing,” said Dr. Don Sin, professor at the University of British Columbia and pulmonologist at Providence Healthcare.
“It’s a very simple test where we take a nasal swab and apply it to a little piece of paper coated with antibodies, and we get the test results in 15 to 20 minutes.”
Health Canada approves the first rapid test for COVID-19 made in Canada
Participants are also asked to do a mouth rinse / gargle test to compare the results.
“The most common comment is, ‘It’s easier than I thought, it’s quick, very easy to do,” Sin said.
The airport is looking to run the pilot, which is the first of its kind in Canada, for about three months.
Show link »
© 2020 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.