According to a press release dated September 16, “Governor David Ige today announced the creation of a new leadership team that will oversee the state’s public health response to Covid-19 and the testing program before trip for Covid-19, which will begin on October 15 ”.
The testing program, originally announced by Ige on June 24, allows incoming passengers to avoid quarantine “if they are tested no earlier than 72 hours before their flight arrives with an amplification test of FDA approved nucleic acid (NAAT), made using a nasal swab, and can show evidence of negative test results from a CLIA certified lab. ”
Additionally, arriving passengers can expect their temperature to be checked and must have completed a travel health form. If a visitor arrives without the required test results, they will be quarantined for 14 days or until they provide proof of a negative test.
A long six months
When Covid-19 began to wreak havoc on the islands of Hawaii, Ige instituted a mandatory 14-day quarantine for visitors and returning residents on March 26.
On June 14, hoping the shutdown created an environment safe enough to reopen to travelers and deal with an economic disaster of what amounted to a complete shutdown of Hawaii’s tourist economy, Ige announced his pre-test program. -travel – originally supposed to go into effect August 1.
Who wouldn’t want to go to Hawaii?
Unfortunately, cases increased in the weeks that followed and Ige had to delay the date to reopen and implement the pre-travel testing program on three occasions, keeping the mandatory quarantine in place until the target date. current date of October 15.
While Ige has been at the forefront of this issue, this latest announcement comes from a new leader in reopening and testing.
Lt. Gov. Josh Green will lead the pre-travel testing program, which includes adding partners to administer tests and find new testing options and is also responsible for planning the Covid-19 vaccination strategy of the state. “
Now all travelers have to do is watch the countdown and hope that the chaos, confusion and destruction caused by the pandemic in Hawaii will be seen through the rearview mirror in mid-October.