Eastern Iowa Airport to implement COVID-19 screening, originally announced in July

Passengers check in at ticket counters for airlines at the Eastern Iowa Airport.
Passengers check in at ticket counters for airlines at the Eastern Iowa Airport.(KCRG File)
Published: Jan. 18, 2021 at 2:42 PM CST
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Passengers departing from the Eastern Iowa Airport will soon be required to undergo a form of health screening before being allowed to proceed to their flight, officials said Monday.

The airport will implement its “Travel Well” program, which was developed in coordination with Mercy Medical Center. It will require that passengers on outbound flights, as well as staff that work beyond the checkpoint, will answer a small health questionnaire and a temperature check. If the passenger is determined to not have a fever, outward signs of illness, or recent exposure to COVID-19, they will be allowed to proceed to the normal security screening procedures.

Officials said that the initial screening will take around 10 seconds to complete. If a passenger is determined to have a temperature above 100.4 degrees, outward signs of illness, or a recent COVID-19 exposure, they will be taken to a private area for further evaluation by a Mercy health care staffer.

“The Travel Well program will provide an efficient approach to screening passengers and employees,” Marty Lenss, director for the airport, said, in a statement. “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.”

The details of the screening were developed based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, and approved by the Linn County Public Health Department.

The plan was initially announced by the airport in early July, with a public comment period to follow and approval expected by late July. Officials said on Monday that the airport’s efforts were delayed while waiting for direction from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Funding for the initiative will come from CARES Act funding, according to the airport.

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