Honolulu Mayor Speaks on Post Arrival Testing

Surveillance testing program essential

Honolulu Mayor Speaks on Post Arrival Testing

“The City and County of Honolulu supports the State’s pre-travel testing program based on the assurance by Lieutenant Governor Josh Green that he will be implementing an additional random surveillance post arrival testing program.

This program, as described by the Lieutenant Governor, conducted four days post-arrival, would test ten percent of the individuals who received pre-travel tests. This surveillance testing program is essential to know how many positive cases are coming into our state, and not being picked up by the State’s pre-test program. If the positivity rate is higher than what has been promised by the Lieutenant Governor, the City and County of Honolulu would explore additional protocols to protect the health and safety of its visitor industry workers and the broader community.

The City and County of Honolulu plans to request approval of a post arrival test for those who have not received a pre travel test. Once the mobile lab is up and running the post arrival test would be conducted at the airport, and would be administered by a third party, and paid for by the traveler. The City and County is working to procure a mobile testing lab that would be able to conduct up to 10,000 tests a day. This post arrival test would require arriving passengers to remain in quarantine until they receive negative test results within 1 to 6 hours. In addition, the City and County of Honolulu supports the implementation of an inter-county, pre-travel testing program and would look to use this same mobile testing lab to conduct the test upon request by the inter-island traveling public.”