As states and countries increasingly mandate quarantine for travelers arriving from destinations with COVID-19 spikes, Paramount Business Jets has moved to ensure its customers are not inconvenienced.
The Virginia-based private jet charter broker has partnered with COVID Consultants making available expedited pre-trip COVID-19 testing. The goal is to allow passengers with negative tests to avoid otherwise mandatory quarantines on arrival.
“We are pleased to announce that our clients flying domestically in the U.S. or internationally can now receive expedited COVID-19 testing so they may avoid 14-day quarantines,” said PBJ founder and CEO Richard Zaher.
He added, “This partnership with The COVID Consultants not only offers them expert remote testing capability, but also the benefit of receiving their results in an incredibly short period of time.”
Founded earlier this year by a team of infectious disease doctors and medical specialists, The COVID Consultants provides remote COVID-19 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) and antibody testing, with results back within 72 hours to anyone within the contiguous United States.
“At the moment, we are able to guarantee a 24-hour turnaround from when the sample arrives at the lab, which is the fastest turnaround in the country,” said infectious disease specialist Dr. Dana Lerman, co-founder of The COVID Consultants.
Under this partnership, Paramount’s clients may arrange testing through their charter consultants at the time of booking their private jet rental.
The COVID Consultants then sends a home testing kit via next-day shipping, along with detailed instructions for providing a test sample and returning it to the lab.
Negative test results are sent via email along with a copy of the U.S. Federal Drug Administration emergency use authorization to demonstrate the passenger’s compliance with official requirements.
Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 is contacted by The COVID Consultants to reiterate U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommendations and provide guidance on when to go to the hospital, if necessary.
With coronavirus cases now ‘spiking’ across the country, Dr. Lerman continued, many state-level testing facilities are overwhelmed and may take one week or longer to return test results.
“Perhaps even more important than the time factor, however, is that this partnership allows our clients to take their tests from the safety and comfort of their homes,” Zaher added.