City to offer 28,000 coronavirus tests to residents and visitor industry workers

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HONOLULU (KHON2) – The City and County of Honolulu will offer free COVID-19 tests to residents, tourists and visitor industry workers, Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced in a news conference Thursday.

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The City plans to open two free COVID-19 testing sites on Oahu in efforts to use up 28,000 test kits — leftover from August’s surge testing efforts — by Nov. 30. Mayor Caldwell says the two test sites, located in Waikiki and Ko Olina, will operate from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.

The Mayor says the tests will be offered to all members of the public, but emphasis will be placed on Oahu’s tourism and visitor industry workers who have come in greater contact with tourists since the launch of the state’s pre-travel testing program.

“We want to use at least 1,000 tests per day. 500 from each location,” said Mayor Caldwell.

Registration will be required in order to obtain a free test.

The Mayor also discussed Oahu’s advancement into Tier 2 under Honolulu’s COVID-19 Recovery Framework.

Under the tier, businesses like indoor personal care services and indoor gyms are allowed to reopen and other service industries like restaurants can expand their customer capacity.

Mayor Caldwell estimated 7,902 people were currently reported in quarantine on the island. Of that total, he said he believes 2,552 are visitors and 5,350 are residents.

To register for a free test, click here.

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