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COVID-19 testing available at San Luis Obispo Airport starting May 2

Courtesy of San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport
'Safe Travel Starts Here' signage will be placed inside and outside the Terminal to help direct individuals to the testing location.

Beginning May 2, COVID-19 testing will be available at the San Luis Obispo Airport (SBP).

Inbound and outbound travelers and airport employees will be able to use the new testing facility voluntarily.

SBP is partnering with Templeton-based Nova Labs to administer two different types of tests.

People can choose between a saliva test with results available in four hours and a nasal swab with results available within 48 hours.

Courtney Pene is the deputy director of planning and outreach at SBP. She said each test will cost $100, but insurance companies are billed for the cost, so insured individuals will not be directly charged for a test.

Pene said the airport started planning for this testing capability in February in case federal or state regulation started requiring negative tests to fly.

Pene said testing is not required to board a flight, but SBP and the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department advise against traveling if you are sick or receive a positive COVID-19 test result.

“I think most people that are going to take the test — which is, again, voluntary — people are going to do it to provide that peace of mind whether it be for them, if they are going to visit a loved one or perhaps [they’re] going for work,” Pene said.

Ticketed passengers can schedule a test online at

Rachel Showalter first joined KCBX as an intern from Cal Poly in 2017. During her time in college, she anchored and reported for Mustang News at Cal Poly's radio station, KCPR. After graduating, she took her first job as a Producer at KSBY-TV. She returned to the KCBX team in October 2020, reporting daily for KCBX News until she moved to the Pacific Northwest in July of 2022. Rachel spends her off-days climbing rocks, cooking artichokes and fighting crosswords with friends.
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