Oahu’s free at-home COVID test kits run out this week due to supply, shipping issues

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FILE – Aloha Stadium is one of HFD’s drive-thru sites that offers the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.

HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) on Monday reported that there will be no “Say Yes! COVID tests” available at any of their drive-thru testing sites until next week due to supply and shipping issues.

In late September, state officials reported that 65,000 people ordered the free kits, for a total of 520,000 tests. The overwhelming response forced the program to be temporarily put on hold.

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The self-administered test kits cannot be used for workplace testing requirements or other programs. However, a City spokesperson said since these tests are antigen and FDA approved under emergency use authorization, they are acceptable under the Safe Access Oahu program.

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Approximately 125,000 Oahu residents living in certain ZIP codes are eligible to receive the free test kits. Results can be ready in about 10 minutes. For more information, click here.

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