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Tucson airport sets up COVID-19 testing sites ahead of Thanksgiving

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TUCSON (KVOA) - Tucson International Airport will be offering free COVID-19 testing for travelers starting Friday, as visitors begin to travel into town for the holidays.

With Arizona seeing a recent surge in COVID-19 cases, the Pima County Health Department and the Tucson Airport Authority has teamed up to set up a testing center and QR code signs posted throughout the terminal to give airport staff, and outbound and inbound passengers a quick and reliable way to get tested for the virus.

Officials say test results will take between 24 to 72 hours and can be accessed through an online portal.

“Having this service available to travelers coming into our community will allow them to make smart decisions about their plans after they arrive,” said Health Department Director Dr. Theresa Cullen. “While people should not travel while they are sick, this site will provide early results for those coming into our community who may have symptoms or maybe worried about their exposure to others.”

According to officials, this program is not connected to Gov. Doug Ducey's recent announcement that shared the state's plans to set-up testing sites at Arizona's major airports.

Airport officials said they have been working on setting up this testing center without any guidance from the state level and as of Tuesday afternoon, have not received any communication from the governor's office or state department of health.

To sign up for testing at the airport, visit labfinder.com.

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Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.

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