Free surge testing through end of year starting Sunday

LIHU‘E — Beginning Sunday, free community COVID-19 testing will be available every Sunday through the end of the year.

The county, in partnership with the state Department of Health, has established testing sites that will rotate from Vidinha Stadium in Lihu‘e to Bryan J. Baptiste Sports Complex in Kapa‘a to Hanapepe Stadium.

Tests are targeted for those working in tourism industries, including hotels, food services, tour companies or transportation groups, who may have increased interaction with out-of-state travelers.

The free tests are available for those with or without insurance, regardless of employment.

“We want to encourage our hospitality industry staff who work closely with visitors to get tested, to help protect their family and friends and our entire community,” Mayor Derek Kawakami said in a statement.

The first testing site is Nov. 8 at Vidinha Stadium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The next site, on Nov. 15, will be at the Bryan J. Baptiste Sports Complex in Kapa’a at the same time. Then, at Hanapepe Stadium on Nov. 22.

This surge testing is not part of the state’s Safe Travels program or the county’s post-arrival testing program for out-of-state travelers.

To book an appointment for a free surge test, residents must visit, scroll down to Hawai‘i and select a test site and time. Limited on-site registration will be available for those who are unable to register online.

According to the surge-testing website, most testing locations will utilize either a self-administered nasal swab or a saliva test. It is advised to not eat, drink, smoke, use oral-care products or chew gum for 30 minutes prior to a saliva test.

Results will be available within three to five days via email.

The DOH Kaua‘i Health District Office advises those with COVID-19 symptoms or those who have come into close contact with somebody who has tested positive to quarantine at home.

For those not in close contact with an infected person and are not feeling sick, the office advises following “usual precautions” while waiting for test results, including wearing a mask, social distancing and hand washing.

For those who have developed symptoms while awaiting test results, call a primary doctor or the Wilcox virtual clinic at 462-5430, option 3.

Testing is available every Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.:

• Nov. 29: Lihu‘e – Vidinha Stadium;

• Dec.6: Kapa‘a – Bryan J. Baptiste Sports Complex;

• Dec.13: Hanapepe Stadium;

• Dec. 20: Lihu‘e – Vidinha Stadium;

• Dec. 27: Kapa‘a – Bryan J. Baptiste Sports Complex.

  1. Hank November 6, 2020 5:41 am Reply

    If you have no symptoms and feel fine don’t get tested. If you test positive you and your close contacts will be forced to quarantine. Thanks plus it will add to our case count and potentially send us back into a restricted level of movement and school closures. Just remember nothings for free.

  2. Ford November 6, 2020 6:43 am Reply

    If Bill Gates can show the corona virus few years before it “happens” and he is best friends with Jeffrey epstein….with mischief ontop of mischief…..the masses are easily fooled into a trick.

  3. Ted November 7, 2020 7:56 am Reply

    If you test positive and it’s been 2 to3 weeks since you were infected it means you already have enough antibodies to now have immunity, and you are protected from any new covid infection.

    And as well you are no longer contagious which means you cannot spread the virus to others.

    556,000 people so far tested in Hawaii. But only 15,600 tested positive; and only 219 have died, However, 209 of those deaths those people were seniors and had pre-existing end of life diseases while taking powerful and dangerous prescription drugs, some for as much as 30:years of disease and drugs, indicating it was their time to pass on even if they only had a mosquito bite. This covid19 issue has shown us that life is shortened by allowing yourself to continue for decades of years with long term disease while taking toxic prescription drugs, when with proper Health Care people instead could have chosen to get well and enjoy health as they aged.

    If enough people become positive they will become non-contagious and not be able to spread their deactivated virus to others and so the virus will fade away like it does very year.

    Being tested plays into the money profit gain game of the medical and pharmaceutical industry that are withholding the truth about virus.

    if you are a senior with 1 or more long term diseases like taking prescription drugs for 20 to 30 years or more, better you stay home and watch TV.

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