LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Concerns over the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, and an increase in travel for the holidays prompted the Los Angeles County Public Health Department to open a new COVID test site at the Los Angeles International Airport Friday.
Free rapid tests are now available for passengers arriving on international flights. These tests are available 7 days a week from 11 am to 6 pm. Results come in about 15 minutes.READ MORE: Authorities Identify Gardena Man Fatally Stabbed on Saturday As Gary Godinez
Passengers coming from Singapore were among the first to use the new site.READ MORE: One Killed In Palmdale Hit-And-Run; Authorities Searching For Suspect
“I think it’s a very good measure and that’s why I did it immediately,” said Artidoro Leal, an international traveler. “When you get a negative test, you know that you’re not going to infect anybody and you’re not infected.”
LA County Public Health Director, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, was at the site’s opening, encouraging passengers to get tested.MORE NEWS: LASD Seeks Help Locating 26-Year-Old Abraham Miguel Aguiniga Who Suffers From Schizophrenia
If a test comes back positive, the passenger will get a second test to confirm infection from a laboratory.