Alaska city plans financial incentive for airport virus test

    BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska city is planning to increase the number of visitors participating in coronavirus screening tests at its airport by adding a financial incentive.

    Alaska Public Media reported the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation said between 25% and 60% of passengers arriving at the Bethel airport volunteer for coronavirus testing.

    Bethel officials hope to use some of the city’s $8.4 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to increase the percentage of passengers agreeing to airport testing to 100%.

    City Manager Vincenzo Corazza said the number of volunteer tests could be increased with a gift card, raffle ticket or some other prize.

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