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Diagnostic labs added as intercounty testing partner

The Maui News

Diagnostic Laboratory Services has been added to the list of state-trusted testing partners for intercounty travel, Gov. David Ige’s office announced Wednesday.

The company joins Clinical Laboratories of Hawaii, CVS Health (Longs), Hawaii Pacific Health, Kaiser Permanente (members only), Minit Medical, Urgent Care Hawaii, Vault Health and Walgreens as trusted partners.

Intercounty passengers arriving in Maui and Kauai counties may bypass the mandatory 14-day quarantine if they can test negative for COVID-19 72 hours prior to departure. The test must be an FDA-authorized nucleic acid amplification test from the certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments lab of a trusted partner.

Starting Wednesday, intercounty travelers to Hawaii County who follow these protocols will have two options to avoid the quarantine: either take the test within 72 hours of departure or get a post-arrival test from a trusted partner. The traveler would have to remain in quarantine until the negative test is reported and verified.

Travelers must register and upload their test results to their Safe Travels Hawaii account at travel.hawaii.gov. Intercounty travelers must have the test result with them upon arrival so airport screeners can review the result. Those who do not take the pre-travel test or who do not have a negative result are subject to quarantine. Travelers may seek an exemption from the county they are traveling to.

The state said that additional trans-Pacific and intercounty testing partners will not be added for a period of time to give the new program time to stabilize and allow the state to monitor and adjust.

For more information, visit hawaii covid19.com.

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