PO‘IPU — A COVID-19 drive-thru testing station opened last week at The Shops at Kuku‘iula, in the parking lot closest to the entrance of Urgent Care at Po‘ipu/The Clinic at Po‘ipu.
“We were getting calls from Urgent Care about the need for a testing site on the South Shore,” said Stacie Chiba-Miguel of The Shops at Kuku‘iula.
“Once we became aware of the rising demand for COVID-19 testing, our team worked collaboratively with Urgent Care at Po‘ipu to create a designated parking area where the individuals remain in their vehicle to provide a safe and convenient testing location.”
Working with the Urgent Care at Po‘ipu/The Clinic at Po‘ipu, a part of the Hawai‘i Health Systems Corporation Kaua‘i Region, the testing site is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
“Since opening, testing has been pretty steady,” said Dr. Ronald Fujimoto, the HHSC Kaua‘i Region chief medical officer. “The weekend was steady, and Monday saw about 35 tests being done. Most of the traffic takes place earlier in the morning while people head to work. We get another rush at pau hana.”
Testing is pretty straightforward. The person needing a test simply drives into one of the designated parking stalls and calls the clinic at 808-742-0999. A team arrives at the car to assist with the test.
“We here at Urgent Care Po‘ipu are committed to taking care of all your health-care needs, including this easy, safe, drive-up COVID-19 testing,” said Dr. Holley Poag, the clinic medical director.
Chiba-Miguel said that, with the opening of the new testing site, dealing with COVID-19 is more convenient. People can get vaccinations from CVS Longs Drugs on one end of the shopping center, or testing by the clinic on the other end of the shopping center.