Ontario airport opens coronavirus testing site in parking lot – Press-Enterprise


Ontario International Airport has opened a drive-thru coronavirus testing site that can provide results in 20 minutes.

Testing began Monday, Nov. 23, and will continue for an indefinite period, the airport announced. The testing site will be open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

A tent with clinicians who will administer the test while people sit in their cars is located in Parking Lot 3 between terminals 2 and 4. Rapid test specimens are processed on site and the results can be available in about 20 minutes. Some tests, such as antibody tests, that are sent off-site to third-party laboratories return results in two to four days.

The testing site is administered by Covid Clinic, a nonprofit which operates testing sites in California and Arizona. The airport site is the group’s 24th location.

Appointments are made through the group’s website. But drive-ups are welcome, according to Atif Elkadi, ONT’s deputy CEO.

To get an appointment and learn more information about the testing, go to Covidclinic.org and look for the “schedule an appointment” button.

“It is our hope that on-site testing administered in the comfort of a passenger vehicle will provide peace of mind to our customers, guests and airport employees, as well as any of our neighbors who want to be tested,” Mark Thorpe, CEO of the Ontario International Airport Authority, said in a news release.

Airport officials expect 280,000 passengers to fly out of ONT during the holiday season, roughly from Nov. 20-30 and from Dec. 17-Jan. 3. That would put the airport at 60% of passenger volume compared to last year.



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