Alaska began offering COVID-19 vaccinations this month to out-of-state travelers at airports, and continues to focus heavily on getting shots in arms of unvaccinated residents. But one state-run program that hasn’t gotten a lot of attention lately has been COVID screening. The tests are still available, they’re still free at most airports in the state. But very few travelers are getting a swab.
At airports across Alaska, communities are screening and testing out-of-state travelers for the coronavirus. They’re following new state regulations that went into effect earlier this month. For some smaller communities that aren’t on the road system like Yakutat, pivoting quickly to set up testing stations at airports wasn’t easy.