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Oakland airport first in US to sell COVID-19 test kits in vending machines

Oakland International this week became the first airport in the U.S. to sell COVID-19 test kits in vending machines, according to airport officials.

The COVID-19 test kits are located at both airport terminals in contactless kioks. The at-home kits require individuals to submit a saliva sample via FedEx. Individuals will receive results on a mobile phone app, airport officials said.

“As one of the first airports to offer on-site rapid COVID testing, we are now providing even more testing options for travelers,” Bryant L. Francis, Port of Oakland aviation director, said in a statement.

Francis added, “We still urge travelers to make sure they are current on any quarantines and regulations at their destinations.”

The kits range from $130 to $150. The digital health company Wellness 4 Humanity designed the kits, and Swyft produced the kits.

For individuals traveling to Hawaii, airport officials say this testing option is separate and not part of Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program, which requires travelers entering the state to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure.

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Original article posted by Fox Business


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