Cleveland Hopkins International Airport latest location for COVID-19 testing

TACKL Health opens booth with two kinds of testing
TACKL Health has opened up a booth for both rapid testing and 48-hour testing
TACKL Health has opened up a booth for both rapid testing and 48-hour testing(Vic Gideon)
Published: Jan. 6, 2021 at 1:22 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The TACKL Health COVID-19 testing station opened on the ticketing level of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Monday.

“We just think it’s very convenient for the traveler and it’s actually right before central checkpoint,” says Jamie Powell, of TACKL Health.

“In a lot of other places, you have to make an appointment,” continues TACKL Health’s Savannah Straiton. “Here, you don’t have to make an appointment. You can just walk right up.”

TACKL has created a mobile workplace testing business since the start of coronavirus. Now, they’re in three airports: Pittsburgh, Grand Rapids, and now Cleveland, providing a valuable and sometimes necessary service.

“I know a lot of countries are now requiring you to have a PCR test documentation before you enter the country,” says Powell.

The PCR test is sent to a lab and takes several days and is the standard for international travel. A shorter, 15-minute test gives travelers peace of mind.

“After traveling, people are always worried that they might contract it while they’re out and about so when they get home they want to get tested very quickly and know in 15 minutes whether they need to quarantine,” says Straiton.

The price ranges from $95 for the 15-minute test, $135 for the PCR, and $175 for both. Some insurance will cover the cost to allow travelers to fly internationally. Or just with one less worry.

“We just want travelers to feel safe and secure when they’re traveling,” Powell concludes.

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