Airport wants to push through with COVID rapid testing pilot program next week

Airport executive director John Quinata (PNC file photo)

While the Guam International Airport Authority is experiencing difficulties because of the COVID-19 pandemic, officials are still intent on pushing through with the airport’s COVID rapid testing pilot program next week.

GIAA plans to pilot COVID testing right at the point of entry as part of the government’s continuing efforts to mitigate COVID-19.

GIAA executive manager John Quinata confirmed this during the virtual proclamation signing for the airport’s 45th anniversary.

He said that the airport and the Department of Public Health and Social Services worked together on the process and guidelines for COVID testing at the airport.

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Initially, the airport wanted to test exempted employees that are coming in through the airport such as critical service workers and health care professionals.

Quinata said so far, they have the process down but GIAA wanted to make sure that test kits are available to test the process.