Delta COVID-19 testing every employee – the only airline to do so

Delta Air Lines, in a groundbreaking move, will complete its COVID-19 testing of almost every employee by the end of August. With that, Delta is able to add another piece of protection ensuring the safety of the airline’s employees as well as customers.

11 Alive reported on 500 Delta employees testing positive for COVID-19 in June of 2020. YouTube.

The testing is abot 50% completed at this time. Taking the test is one of the best ways to slow the spread, according to many health professionals.

“Our customers want to know that the people caring for them while traveling are healthy,”

said Joanne Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer at Delta.

“Providing COVID-19 testing for all of our people is an important action we can take to keep employees, their families and our customers safe, increasing confidence in travel while doing our part to slow and stop the spread of the virus.”

Testing all of the 75,000 Delta employees should help give even asymptomatic individuals time to recover at home and reduce exposure to others.

Delta Air Lines and the Mayo Clinic

Delta is utilizing the renowned Mayo Clinic to help develop a “re-testing strategy”, which is based on tailored risk assessments of the subjects.

Mayo Clinic will also review and assess Delta’s health and safety practices. Measures include infection prevention measures and workforce risk assessments.

The program was designed to support Delta’s personnel as well as reducing the rate of infection within the company.

Delta Air Lines COVID-19 test locations

Onsite testing is taking place at Delta hubs, including Atlanta, Minneapolis, and New York. Furthermore, Delta recently extended an at-home testing option (by mail) to all U.S. employees, which Quest Diagnostics will handle.

“The infection rate among our customer-facing employees is below the national average and shows that our Delta CareStandard measures are working,”

Smith said.

“While we’re encouraged by our results, we know we can’t afford to let up now. Health experts agree that a multi-layered approach – one that includes testing, symptom-checking, mask-wearing, environmental cleaning and physical distancing – are the greatest inhibitors to spreading COVID-19 and will play a critical role in keeping our people safe in the weeks and months ahead.”

Positive COVID-19 test results

Personnel who receive a positive diagnostic COVID-19 test result must self- isolate at home for a minimum of 10 days while receiving full pay protection. This to attempt to break the chain of transmission among personnel and with customers.

Employees exposed to others with COVID-19 must remain out of the workplace for 14 days from the date of exposure. Full pay protection is provided.

Antibody testing

In addition to the COVID-19 testing, Delta is also offering its employees the COVID-19 antibodies test. Test locations will be at all of our major U.S. hubs and at more than 2,000 Quest Diagnostic locations nationwide. The tests are all free of charge.

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