CVS Health expands no-cost COVID-19 testing services across Hawaii

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — CVS Health will open nine new swab-and-send COVID-19 curbside test sites at select CVS/Longs Pharmacy locations in Hawaii on Friday, Nov. 13.

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This is to support the company’s ongoing efforts to increase access to testing and help slow the spread of the virus. These sites are in addition to eight COVID-19 drive-thru test sites at select CVS/Longs Pharmacy locations – totaling 17 test sites across the state. 

“This will help assist others that are trying to travel either within the state or outside to the mainland,” said Scott Sutton, CVS Pharmacy Regional Director. “The sites that we do have currently now are extremely busy. And that was a big determination as well, when we decided to increase that access.”

These self-administered, COVID-19 PCR tests are available at no charge to individuals who meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testing criteria. The COVID-19 tests are no cost to patients with insurance. For those who do not have insurance, the test is covered through a federally funded program by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Currently, most test results from specimens collected at CVS/Longs Pharmacy test sites will be available within two to three days.

“Anyone outside that would like a test for peace of mind or for Safe Travels will have to be billed a separate fee of $139,” said Sutton.

Testing is available for eligible patients age 10 and older. Patients must register in advance at CVS.com to schedule an appointment. A parent or legal guardian must complete the online registration for all minor patients, and patients who are between 10 and 15 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when they come to be tested. 

When arriving for testing, patients are asked to follow signage or the instructions of the staff onsite. Patients will be provided with a test kit and given instructions, and a CVS/Longs Pharmacy team member will observe the self-swab process.

9 New COVID-19 Curbside Test Sites Opening Friday, Nov. 13 at select CVS/Longs Pharmacy sites in Hawaii:

Store numberAddressCityStateZip code
240665-1271 Kawaihae RoadKamuelaHI96743
305955 Kiopaa Street Pukalani, MauiHI96768
92061450 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 2004HonoluluHI96814
92281330 Pali HighwayHonoluluHI96813
925994-060 Farrington Highway, # 6WaipahuHI96797
93031215 South Kihei Road, Suite BKiheiHI96753
98771221 Honoapiilani HighwayMauiHI96761
106205156 Kalanianaole HighwayHonoluluHI96821
10740988 Halekauwila Street, Suite C103HonoluluHI96814

A complete list of CVS Pharmacy COVID-19 test sites can be found here.

Hawaiian Airlines is now offering HawaiianMiles members a chance to redeem their miles for a pre-travel COVID test kit. They can redeem 14,000 HawaiianMiles to order a mail-in test kit by Vault Health, which normally costs $119 for Hawaiian Airlines customers.

We also got an update from the city on its mobile testing lab – a facility that provides Oahu additional testing capacity. The lab at the airport is able to process up to 10-thousand tests a day. Mayor Kirk Caldwell says about 75 tests were done since the beginning of this month and 6 came back positive.

“6 positive means there’s a 6.6-percent positivity rate that’s pretty high,” said Mayor Caldwell, “part of the reason is we’re sending our first responders, they’re free, their families can go for free, airport workers can go there for free.”

Those who don’t qualify for a free test would need to pay $125. The lab is also not a trusted testing partner yet, meaning you cannot use it to get out of quarantine when traveling to the neighbor islands.

“We hope the state will announce very shortly that we become a trusted partner if not by the end of this week, early next week, at which at that point, we’re going to see a lot more use of this mobile lab,” said the Mayor.

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