Tuesday, January 19, 2021

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.

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.