In a bid to aid the fight against Covid-19, XpresSpa, the largest operator of health and wellness spas located within US point of entry airports, has offered to make its facilities available to multiple US government agencies as Covid-19 testing facilities.
According to the company, it has engaged in early high-level discussions with agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as well as private laboratories across the country, with regards to turning all of its 46 airport locations into Coronavirus testing facilities. XpresSpa facilities are located in 23 US airports, with point-of-entry cities including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta and Washington DC, and the company believes its spas offer a range of spaces that can be set up to test airport staff, flight crews and passengers.
These international airports across the USA are on the front lines of defence for preventing people with the Coronavirus from entering the USA. XpresSpa, having locations in all of these key ports of entry, is uniquely positioned to help in this fight. As a health and wellness company, the majority of its employees are state licenced, a process which includes training in disease containment. In addition, XpresSpa employees are already TSA security approved so they can be trained and deployed immediately.
Doug Satzman, CEO of XpresSpa said, ”We believe we can we help alleviate some of the long waits for travellers entering the US, but we can also be available to test TSA employees, pilots, flight attendants and other airport personnel who are on the front lines helping to keep our nation safe.”
“As the largest operator of health and wellness spas located within these US point-of-entry airports, we believe our facilities could be of great utility in helping our government test people as quickly as possible. We will work closely with local airport authorities on all plans,” he added. “While we cannot ensure that an arrangement will ultimately be consummated, we remain optimistic that we can play a vital role with some of these entities.”