Coronavirus testing site opens at Boston’s Logan Airport

BOSTON (AP) — The first coronavirus testing site at Boston’s Logan International Airport opened on Wednesday.

The site, located in Terminal E and operated by health and wellness company XpresSpa Group, will be for airport and airline employees at first but will start testing travelers, as well, in mid-November, the company said.

“It helps create a safer environment and reduces risk,” company CEO Doug Satzman told WBUR News on Tuesday. “Testing is not the only answer. It’s just one of the important pieces of the puzzle.”

The facility at the airport — the largest in New England and among the busiest in the United States — will offer three tests: a quick test that returns results within 15 minutes; a nasal swab test; and a blood antibody test. The facility will be able to process about 400 tests a day, the company said.

“We’re pleased to offer this service as a convenient option for passengers to comply with the Commonwealth’s travel order,” airport spokesperson Jennifer Mehigan said in a statement.


Travelers to Massachusetts, or residents returning from a high-risk state, are required to quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72 hours prior to arrival in Massachusetts.

The airport has seen a steep drop in passenger traffic during the pandemic.

The company already operates coronavirus testing facilities at Kennedy International Airport in New York and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.

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150,000 CASES

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Massachusetts surged past 150,000 on Wednesday, as the state Department of Public Health reported more than 1,000 new confirmed cases for the fifth consecutive day.

The 1,137 new cases were out of 18,600 tests, a daily positivity rate of about 6.1%.

The seven-day rolling average of the positivity rate in Massachusetts has now risen over the past two weeks from about 1% on Oct. 13 to almost 1.6% on Tuesday, according to the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Massachusetts has now jumped over the past two weeks from more than 636 on Oct. 13 to nearly 1,082 on Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins.

The state also confirmed 36 new virus-related fatalities on Wednesday for a total of 9,700.

The number of patients in the hospital with the disease rose to 582, up 15 from the previous day. The number of patients in intensive care fell slightly to 106.

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