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San Diego Airport rolls out on-site COVID-19 testing
Carbon Health, a major player in COVID-19 testing, will now extend its footprint to the San Diego International Airport (SAN). It’s offering “travel clearance visits” that include a COVID-19 test that is sufficient for domestic travel. San Diego joins other West Coast airports such as Portland, San Jose and Los Angeles that all offer similar testing.
According to Carbon Health, it’s giving the nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) at San Diego Airport. It’s an anterior nasal swab, which is more comfortable than the nasopharyngeal swab.
The company says the test is “currently configured to meet the state requirements of Alaska and Hawaii. We cannot guarantee our tests and result formats meeting international travel requirements.”
Once you are tested, the results will be available by 2 p.m. the next day. You’ll get a text as soon as the results are ready. You can download a printable PDF to bring with you on your travels.
You’ll pay $170 per person out-of-pocket for the test and Carbon Health doesn’t accept insurance. But, the good news is that you can pay via your HSA or FSA card.
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