City and State dispute continues over COVID-19 testing

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Correction: Department of Health Director Bruce Anderson corrected his original claims that the test kits are not FDA-approved and shared they are conducted in an FDA-approved setting.


HONOLULU (KHON2) — A dispute between the State and City and County of Honolulu over approved COVID-19 testing continues.

This week Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced the plan to bring 10,000 tests to Honolulu with the company Everlywell, but decided to hold off after the Department of Health sent a letter to Caldwell saying that the test results would be disregarded because the tests lack FDA emergency use approval.

“We are only accepting FDA approved tests as valid and those are the tests that are incorporated into the statistics and all the activities surrounding COVID-19,” said Governor David Ige. “That’s why we informed the County that if they are using an unapproved test that their results will not be accepted.”

Department of Health Director Bruce Anderson corrected his original claims that the test kits are not FDA-approved and shared they are conducted in an FDA-approved setting.

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