COVID-19 testing options available at Tulsa International Airport

COVID-19 testing options available at Tulsa International Airport
Jan. 11, 2021 - COVID-19 testing is now available at Tulsa International Airport with options ranging from rapid tests to tests that can take 24-48 hours to get results back. (FOX23)

TULSA, Okla. — COVID-19 testing is now available at Tulsa International Airport with options ranging from rapid tests to tests that can take 24-48 hours to get results back.

Monday, Alpha Xpress Labs set up in the baggage claim area of Concourse B in what was the old terminal chapel. Inside is not only places for specimen collection, but they can also process results on-site as well with a small lab they’ve set up. Concourse B is the side where baggage claim for Southwest and United Airlines are.

“I actually picked up really fast,” said Alpha VP Nathan Gates.

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“We’ve had about fifty percent of our available slots filled up on just our first day.”

Gates said for now, hours of operations are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but they may need to move their times around to accommodate the early morning crowd who take the first flights out.

One of the first passengers, he said, was a man traveling to India. The airline he was flying on required a negative PCR test before he could fly. He opted for one of the rapid options which take around 45 minutes between specimen collection and processing.

Gates said it is possible to test for both the flu and COVID-19 with the same samples with what they have set up. While there are some tests that can be processed on-site, there are some that take 24-48 hours to do, and those samples are shipped out to Alpha’s labs in south Tulsa.

Because different insurance companies vary with their policies and coverage, patients are asked to bring their insurance cards but to be ready to pay at the time of service for their tests depending on which ones they choose.

Also, there are appointment slots available on Alpha’s website as well as walk-ins are welcome. While this is meant to be for ticketed passengers and airport staff, there are no ticket or I.D. checks. The service is open to everyone.

Alpha offers the following tests at these prices:

  • Gold Standard PCR Covid-19 Test- $125- results provided in 24-48 hours
  • Xpress PCR Covid-19 Test- $150- results provided in 36-45 minutes
  • Xpress PCR “Fluvid” Test- $200- results provided in 36-45 minutes-- tests for COVID-19 and multiple strains of influenza
  • Covid-19 Antigen Test- $70- results in 15 minutes - considered to be more of a screening than a definitive test
  • Covid-19 Anitbody Test- $75- results in 24 hours- blood draw analysis