Halifax Airport COVID-19 Testing Facility Proposal Still Awaiting Provincial Approval – Halifax
A proposal submitted in January to the Nova Scotia government to implement a COVID-19 testing facility at Halifax Stanfield International Airport has yet to be approved.
“We’re very open and ready to get this facility up and running as quickly as the province would like, but we really need their participation,” said Tiffany Chase, director of public affairs for the Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA). .
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Chase says COVID-19 tests have been successfully implemented for temporary foreign workers at the airport and the goal is to expand these tests to all air travelers passing through the airport.
“It was the province and their contractor that offered the testing here so we found it to be a great way to get our feet in the water to see how the testing could work,” she said. .
Chase says the goal is to deploy a test facility before air travel resumes to ensure it operates efficiently and can support more travelers.
She adds that the benefits would also extend beyond the simple early detection of COVID-19 cases.
“We believe the testing would be an additional layer of security and trust for the consumer to understand what’s going on in terms of travelers and what level of COVID may or may not continue to enter our communities,” said Chase.
The results of a new four-month study in British Columbia suggest that the chances of contracting COVID-19 on a domestic flight are significantly reduced when passengers are properly tested before boarding a flight.
If they tested positive, they were not allowed to fly that day, pending a laboratory confirmed PCR test of their results, and would be reorganized on a future flight at no cost.
Chase says the airport has seen a 90 percent reduction in air passenger traffic throughout the pandemic.
Chase says all teams and staff participating in the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship were going to be tested upon arrival at the airport, but Premier Iain Rankin has since canceled the tournament.
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