Tulsa Worldwide Airport opens the nation’s first on-site COVID testing laboratory – KRMG 102.3

TULSA, okla. – So far, not a single airport in the country has had an on-site COVID test laboratory.

Tulsa International Airport has opened its COVID-19 testing laboratory, which travelers can use to scan for viruses in the airport.

“The test site at Tulsa International Airport is the first to be certified by CLIA as a laboratory of moderate complexity,” said Nathan Gates, vice president of Alpha Medical Laboratory. “Most other airports are set up to collect samples and then drive them to a laboratory location.”

Thanks to the on-site laboratory, the airport can offer standard PCR tests around the clock and provide quick results.

“The other type of platform we will have available to the passenger is on-site PCR testing, available within 45 minutes plus a time for staff to upload,” said Gates.

The COVID-19 PCR test costs $ 135, the rapid antigen test is $ 70, the antibody test is $ 75, and a full respiratory panel including the PCR test is $ 185.

Payment must be made in the form of a card or cash before the sample is taken.

Passengers with health insurance can submit their laboratory tests to their insurance company for possible reimbursement.

If you would like to book an appointment, click here.

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