Surge testing reveals a positivity rate of less than one percent, says Mayor Caldwell


HONOLULU (KHON2) — In a news conference on Monday, Mayor Kirk Caldwell discussed the city of Honolulu’s latest surge testing efforts. Over the span of 14 days, he says a little more than 60-thousand people have been tested as of Monday afternoon. Of the 44,751 test results that came back, 266 came back positive for COVID-19 as of Sunday.

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“On a seven day average for surging testing according to the Department of Health, that positivity rate is 0.6-percent,” he said.

The city still has about 30-thousand tests remaining and they will likely be used in a more strategic way moving forward.

“Going where there are Pacific Islanders where the virus is more present, and then work on contact tracing and isolating those,” said the Mayor.

The state also wants testing to continue.
Lieutenant Governor Josh Green says he hopes he can expand testing significantly.

“We’re going to ramp it up October, like I said, over 10,000, maybe even over 13,000 tests. We’ll see. And that will help us go through the Fall in the Winter,” said Green.

Caldwell also revealed he is considering a new order which will allow certain businesses, like retail stores, to reopen. No official word has been given on when this would occur.

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