HONOLULU (KHON2) — Hawaii is ramping up efforts to get extra individuals vaccinated, however some counties stated there may be nonetheless a necessity for sure individuals to get examined for COVID-19.
A COVID-19 take a look at for peace of thoughts, that’s the pitch from Kauai County well being officers that at the moment are targeted on providing free COVID-19 testing for many who just lately traveled or got here in shut contact with a traveler.
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“When you’ve got traveled or been uncovered to vacationers, or if you want to be examined for peace of thoughts,” Kauai District well being officer Dr. Janet Berreman stated. “We proceed to supply free COVID-19 testing Monday by way of Friday on the Conference Corridor in Lihue.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to suggest COVID-19 testing for many who can’t bodily distance to keep away from publicity in areas like journey, giant gatherings or poorly ventilated indoor areas.
Individuals who had shut contact with somebody COVID-positive also needs to get examined.
Maui Mayor Michael Victorino stated, almost 200,000 individuals have taken benefit of the county’s free COVID-19 testing.
Victorino stated, “Those that work in a excessive site visitors space particularly individuals not solely within the customer trade however in retail, eating places the place they’ve direct contact with the general public.”
The Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Affiliation (HLTA) in the meantime has partnered with Honolulu County and the Nationwide Kidney Basis to supply testing for hospitality staff.
The HLTA President and CEO Mufi Hannemann in an announcement stated,
“HLTA fully helps free COVID-19 testing for hospitality staff and most of the people. For this reason we’ve partnered with the Metropolis & County of Honolulu and the Nationwide Kidney Basis to supply free testing for native hospitality staff. They will make the most of this any day of the week whether or not they’ve been uncovered to the virus or even when they simply want peace of thoughts. Kaua‘i County is now providing comparable testing availability and, ought to take a look at package stock ranges enable it, we’d encourage this type of coverage in every of the counties.”
Mufi Hannemann, Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Affiliation president and CEO
Reaching majority vaccinations in Hawaii stays the final word aim, nonetheless.
“Once we contact 1.9 million photographs we will probably be at 70% for the entire state,” Lt. Gov. Josh Inexperienced stated. “About 300,000 photographs to go and we’re actually getting fairly shut.”
The CDC says most totally vaccinated individuals is not going to want additional COVID-19 testing or quarantine except they develop COVID-19 signs resembling a fever or a cough.