CID Travel Well Health Screening Begins Jan. 25
Partnership with Mercy Cedar Rapids
Travel Well, a health-screening program for all outbound passengers at The Eastern Iowa Airport – CID, will launch Jan. 25, 2021.
The program is a partnership with Mercy Medical Center and MercyCare Business Health Solutions will be another tool implemented to help slow the spread of COVID-19. CID is implementing this first-of-its-kind program providing robust and efficient screenings conducted by Mercy staff.
The pre-flight health screening will be required for all passengers departing on a flight out of CID as well as employees who work beyond the security checkpoint, called the sterile area.
Originally unveiled in July 2020, the program’s start was delayed as the airport awaited additional guidance from the Federal Aviation Administration. Marty Lenss, CID director, said after several federal agencies’ review, the FAA has updated “Runway to Recovery: The United States Framework for Airlines and Airports to Mitigate the Public Health Risks of Coronavirus Guidance,” guidance jointly issued by the U.S. Departments of Transportation, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services.
“We needed to confirm with the FAA that CID could use airport revenue to fund health screenings conducted in the Travel Well program, and once we received confirmation, we ordered equipment and let Mercy know we were ready to proceed with the program,” Lenss said.
The screening will consist of a few standard health-related questions, in accordance with CDC guidance, and a temperature check prior to reaching security. The screening is expected to take about 10 seconds per person. Those who do not have a temperature, recent positive COVID-19 exposure, or outward signs of health concerns will move onto the TSA screening checkpoint. Those who present health concerns such as a temperature above 100.4 degrees F and/or a recent COVID-19 exposure, will be directed to secondary screening in a private room. From there, Mercy’s health care professional will help determine the health concern, such as an unrelated infection.
“The Travel Well program will provide an efficient approach to screening passengers and employees,” Lenss says. Mercy established the protocols at their hospital and clinics as part of its COVID-19 response to ensure the safety of its staff and patients.”
“We’re pleased to be partnering with the Eastern Iowa Airport on this screening initiative, which could assist other communities as they work to make air travel even safer,” said Dr. Sagers. “We’ve seen that travelers around the country may be apprehensive about air travel. Our aim in this partnership is to provide further assurance that those who fly are as safe as possible.”
In accordance with the federal guidance, the Linn County Public Health has reviewed the program and has provided its support.
“Linn County Public Health supports this program as an additional step in the county’s multi-layer approach to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This pre-flight health screening for all passengers departing on a flight out of CID, as well as employees who work beyond the security checkpoint, is instrumental in reducing air travel related COVID-19 transmissions,” said Pramod Dwivedi, Linn County Public Health Director.
In the event the need for such screening is no longer needed, the process can be dismantled, and the requirement lifted.
The program will be funded through a portion of the $22.8 million Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) fund grant that CID was awarded earlier this year.
Fr additional information about the Travel Well Program, go to: Travel Well https://flycid.com/travelwell/