Gov. Ige Provides Update on October 15 Pre-Travel Testing Program
October 7, 2020 News Conference: October 15 Pre-Travel Testing Program. Joining me are:Director Kenneth H. Hara, Hawai‘i Emergency Management AgencyLt. Governor Josh GreenDr. Libby Char, Director, Dept. Of HealthJohn DeFries, President & CEO, Hawai‘i Tourism AuthorityAnd more…
Posted by Governor David Ige on Wednesday, October 7, 2020
*Video courtesy Gov. David Ige / Facebook LIVE (Originally aired 2:30 p.m. Oct. 7, 2020)
Governor Ige hosts a media briefing today to discuss the upcoming pre-travel testing program for the state and other comprehensive safety measures ahead of the Oct. 15 launch.
- Director Kenneth H. Hara, Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency (National Guard contact tracing)
- Lieutenant Governor Josh Green
- Dr. Libby Char, Director, Department of Health
- John DeFries, President and CEO of the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority
Hawai‘i County Mayor Harry Kim joined fellow neighbor island mayors Michael Victorino of Maui and Derek Kawakami of Kaua‘i in pushing for a second COVID-19 test for incoming travelers to Hawai‘i.
On Monday, Maui Mayor Michael Victorino said Gov. Ige was still in favor of looking at some other alternatives; however, Mayor Victorino could not elaborate on what type of alternatives were being discussed.
Mayor Victorino said he continues to push for secondary or “sandwich” testing for out-of-state arrivals to be taken 48 to 72 hours after arrival. He said a firm announcement on results of his negotiations with the governor is expected by today (Wednesday). Mayor Victorino said he is looking at acquiring 20,000 rapid tests as part of his secondary testing proposal.
As for interisland travel, Mayor Victorino says he’s still adamant about a pre-test, but no post-test for travel between counties. He’s also in support of easing restrictions for Maui County residents for travel to other islands within the county by seeking approval for travel without a test or quarantine for those individuals.
The state’s pre-travel testing program is scheduled to launch on Oct. 15, enabling travelers to get a COVID-19 test no earlier than 72 hours prior to their flight arrival in Hawai‘i to avoid the 14-day mandatory quarantine if the test comes back negative for the virus.