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O.C.'s John Wayne Airport will add clinic with COVID testing

A single passenger approaches the Southwest Airlines ticket counter at John Wayne Airport on March 24, 2020.
Santa Ana’s John Wayne Airport plans to open a health clinic in spring that will include COVID-19 testing. As seen in this image from March 24, the pandemic has dramatically reduced air travel.
(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Orange County’s John Wayne Airport is teaming with Hoag health officials to open a clinic next spring that will include rapid COVID-19 testing, flu shots and telehealth appointments.

The 850-square-foot Fly Well Clinic is being designed to serve travelers and airport employees, airport officials said in a release. It will be staffed daily by physicians or physicians’ assistants who are able to prescribe medication.

In a prepared statement Hoag President and Chief Executive Robert T. Braithwaite said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world’s travel habits, shining a spotlight brighter than ever on passengers’ health and travel safety.”

In the meantime, airport and Hoag officials on Monday opened a pop-up health fair in Terminal B offering free flu vaccinations as well as nutrition and exercise tips.

Hoag, a nonprofit healthcare network, operates Hoag Hospital Newport Beach and Hoag Hospital Irvine along with nine health centers and 13 urgent-care centers. Its airport clinic is expected to offer rapid COVID-19 testing (no further details available yet), treatment of cold and flu symptoms, vaccinations, demonstrations, telehealth appointments, blood pressure and other screenings and access to physicians in person and by video.

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LAX does not have a clinic but has paramedics and a first aid station on the upper level of its Tom Bradley International Terminal. For nonemergency needs, LAX’s website refers travelers to the 24-hour Reliant Medical Center, 5901 W. Century Blvd., whose services include COVID-19 testing.


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