LIHU‘E — Mayor Derek Kawakami announced Friday the percentage of residents and visitors who have taken voluntary post-travel tests for COVID-19, and urged more travelers to participate.
For arrivals between Oct. 15 and 26, about 20% of eligible returning Kaua‘i residents took a post-travel test, while only 2% of visitors participated.
To qualify for a post-travel test, out-of-state travelers must have participated in the state’s pre-travel testing program and received a quarantine exemption through the state’s Safe Travels program, and have arrived on Kaua‘i 72 hours or more prior to post-travel testing.
“We urge all incoming mainland travelers — both residents and visitors — to take a post-travel test no sooner than 72 hours after arrival,” said Kawakami. “The ideal time line to test is five to seven days after arrival, but we understand many visitors won’t be on-island that long. In those cases, a post-travel test three days after arriving is preferred.”
“Our recent cases on Kaua‘i have all been related to out-of-state travel,” said Dr. Janet Berreman, state Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office officer.
“We are seeing cases in people who have had negative pre-travel and post-travel tests, and later began to feel sick. The incubation period for COVID-19 is up to 14 days,” she said. That means that from the day you are exposed to someone with COVID-19, it can take up for 14 days for you to feel sick or to have a positive test result if you are tested.”
For more information, visit:
• Visitors: kauai.gov/visitorposttest
• Residents: kauai.gov/residentposttest
Post-arrival test participants receive their results the same day.
“Please get that second test,” said Berreman. “It helps protect you and helps protect our community and our island, for those who live here and those who enjoy visiting.”
Arriving quarantine-exempt passengers on Kaua‘i receive a flyer about post-travel testing times and locations. Hotels are providing information to guests, and the county is running print, radio and online public-service announcements for residents.