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BREAKING: Gov. Ige: Hawai‘i to Implement Pre-Travel Testing Option on Aug. 1 as Alternative to Quarantine

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June 24, 2020 COVID-19 News Conference:Today I am announcing that as of Aug. 1, we will implement a pre-travel testing option for travelers to Hawaiʻi as an alternative to the 14-day travel quarantine. With me today are Lt. Governor Josh Green, Senate President Ron Kouchi, Speaker of the House Scott Saiki, mayors Victorino and Caldwell, and Dr. Bruce Anderson. All were instrumental in developing our plan.

Posted by Governor David Ige on Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Governor David Ige today announced that as of Aug. 1, the state will implement a pre-travel testing option for travelers to Hawaiʻi as an alternative to the 14-day travel quarantine.

Joining Gov. Ige is Lt. Governor Josh Green, Senate President Ron Kouchi, Speaker of the House Scott Saiki, Maui Mayor Michael Victorino and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, and Dr. Bruce Anderson, director of the state Department of Health. All were instrumental in developing the plan.

It’s been almost 13 weeks since the state instituted the mandatory 14-day quarantine for all travelers entering the state of Hawaiʻi.   “It’s been one of the most effective measures in helping us control the spread of COVID-19,” said Gov. Ige.  “We’ve been working diligently to develop a multi-layered testing and screening process that would allow us to invite travelers back to the islands.”

“We are working on an alternative to the 14-day mandatory quarantine that would allow a safe and healthy way for travelers to return to the islands.  Today I’m announcing that beginning Aug. 1, we will implement a pre-travel testing program for travelers to Hawaiʻi as an alternative to the 14-day mandatory quarantine,” said Gov. Ige.  “Beginning Aug. 1, travelers who have a valid negative COVID-19 test prior to arriving will not be subject to the 14-day mandatory quarantine.  The quarantine will remain in place for those who chose to not get a pre-travel test,” he said.

Gov. Ige said the health of the community continues to be his primary focus and priority.  “This multi-layered screening process allows travelers to return and allows us to continue to protect the health and safety of our community.  Temperature checks and screening will continue.  Anyone with a temperature of over 100.4 degrees or if they have been experiencing other symptoms, will have to go through a secondary screening process upon arrival at the airport with trained health care staff.  They will also at that time be offered a COVID-19 test to further evaluate their symptoms.  Travelers will be required to fill out the state of Hawaiʻi health form which will be verified upon arrival,” said Gov. Ige.

Speaker of the House Scott Saiki said that on Friday, the state legislature is poised to approve legislation via Senate Bill 126 that will appropriate $9 million for health and safety protocols at the state airports.  “These funds will be used to provide a thermal screening program at the airports as well as a web based traveler application system, screening and testing facilities and supplies for our airport officials,” said Saiki.  “We know that there is some trepidation on the part of residents as we begin to reopen travel, but we are doing everything possible to ensure the safety of all of our residents as we begin to reopen the airports.”

Mayor Victorino said a “definitive timeline” related to travel from out-of-state will be announced today.

The governor’s media briefing starts at 2:30 p.m

Original source: https://mauinow.com/2020/06/24/breaking-gov-ige-hawaii-to-implement-pre-travel-testing-option-on-aug-1-as-alternative-to-quarantine/

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