Delta and CVS Aim to Speed Employee COVID-19 Testing

Delta’s customer and employee health and safety are paramount during the COVID-19 pandemic.
(photo courtesy of Delta Air Lines)

So it’s finally time for that first flight after many long months of staying close to home. You’ve got your mask, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes set to go, and you know that Delta’s distance spacing onboard the aircraft will have the other passengers safely away from your seating area. Since everyone is required to wear a mask you’re feeling reasonably comfortable, but have you stopped to think about your upcoming interactions with airline staff at check-in, baggage drop, the boarding gate, and most importantly, the flight crew including cabin attendants and cockpit crew? Where have they been and who have they been in close proximity to?

To ensure your safety and peace of mind, Delta Air Lines and CVS Health have announced an accelerated flight crew COVID-19 testing protocol dubbed Return Ready, an innovative program that will provide flight crew testing and results in just 15 minutes. Overseen by CVS Health clinical staff, the program will be implemented at Delta crew lounges in hub cities, including at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The nasal-swab is the newest testing option to be utilized by the airline as it continues to lead the industry in COVID-19 mitigation processes.

As has been the case since the beginning of the pandemic earlier this year, a multi-faceted approach to inhibit spread of the virus remains the best defense. This includes ongoing symptom checks, testing, wearing a mask, personal distancing and hygiene, including regular hand washing for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. The new “normal” will be around for the foreseeable future, so being prepared for your flight is an absolute necessity.

Published by iFlyMSP

After a 35-year travel industry career, the time has come to kick back and relax. Well, not exactly, but it is time to travel without a business schedule dictating where and when. Over the years I've traveled extensively by air for work, both domestically and internationally. I've been to some incredibly exciting and beautiful destinations, and some others, not so much. So now it's my turn (and hopefully yours), to explore the world at a more leisurely pace. Whether you want to discover the U.S. or another continent, the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport is a great starting point. And that's what this blog is all about. I'm not here to assist the rich and famous in figuring out how to best earn and utilize their millions of airline miles and hotel points. Instead, my focus will be on the average Joe and Josephine. Hard-working people (like you!) who have saved up over time for their once or twice a year escape from reality. So if you're contemplating a getaway from MSP or the Upper Midwest via the Twin Cities, you've come to the right place. Happy trails!

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