HONOLULU (KHON2) — Hawaii County Mayor Mitch Roth asked Gov. David Ige to reinstate the pre-travel COVID-19 testing policy for all trans-Pacific travelers on Wednesday, Aug. 18, regardless of their vaccination status and residency.

Mayor Roth cited the recent surge in COVID-19 cases as the reason for his request.

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Roth added that Hawaii Island hospitals are already at capacity as of Wednesday. Those who are fully vaccinated in the United States are currently able to skip pre-travel testing and a mandatory quarantine when they arrive in Hawaii.

Click here to read Mayor Roth’s full request to Gov. David Ige.