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New COVID-19 Testing Sites Available at O’Hare and Midway Airports

Chicago News Airports + Flying
by Eben Diskin Dec 10, 2020

Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports are the latest US airports to offer comprehensive COVID-19 testing programs. In partnership with Doctors Test Centers and Simple Laboratories, the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) will roll out testing sites at Chicago O’Hare and Midway airports next week.

Travelers will be able to take either a PCR test or rapid antigen test, with PCR test results available within 72 hours and rapid test results available within 20 minutes.

According to a statement by Jamie L. Rhee, the CDA Commissioner, “The Chicago Department of Aviation is proud to present the most comprehensive COVID-19 testing program of any airport system in the nation. With two types of tests available at both airports, as well as our strict adherence to public health guidelines requiring face coverings and social distancing throughout the terminals, we aim to provide the traveling public and the wider airport community with a safe environment and peace of mind.”

The testing site at O’Hare will be a walk-up pre-security location next to the terminal core. There will also be a drive-thru testing site in a remote parking lot. At Midway, the tests will be administered at a walk-up location inside the terminal.

Tests will cost around $150 (insurance is accepted) and will be available only to airline employees and passengers with proof of flying (within 72 hours before their flight or five days after).

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