Tens of thousands arrive in Hawaii with pre-trip testing | Instant News


Caleb Jones, The Associated Press Updated 10:40 p.m. EDT, Friday, October 23, 2020 A beach enthusiast walks on Waikiki Beach, Thursday, October 15, 2020, in Honolulu. A new pre-trip testing program will allow visitors who test negative for COVID-19 to come to Hawaii and prevent a two-week mandatory quarantine from going into effect on Thursday. The pandemic has caused a devastating slowdown in Hawaii’s tourism economy, and many are hoping the testing will help the economy rebound. less A beach enthusiast walks on Waikiki Beach on Thursday, October 15, 2020, in Honolulu. A new pre-trip testing program will allow visitors who test negative for COVID-19 to come to Hawaii and avoid two weeks of mandatory testing … more Photo: Marco Garcia, AP Beachgoer walks down the beach de Waikiki, Thursday October 15, 2020, in Honolulu. A new pre-trip testing program will allow visitors who test negative for COVID-19 to come to Hawaii and prevent a two-week mandatory quarantine from going into effect on Thursday. The pandemic has caused a devastating slowdown in Hawaii’s tourism economy, and many are hoping the testing will help the economy rebound. less A beach enthusiast walks on Waikiki Beach on Thursday, October 15, 2020, in Honolulu. A new pre-trip testing program will allow visitors who test negative for COVID-19 to come to Hawaii and avoid two weeks of mandatory testing … more Photo: Marco Garcia, AP Tens of thousands of people arrive in Hawaii with pre-trip HONOLULU (AP) testing – Hawaii welcomed more than 65,000 travelers to the islands in the first week of its pre-travel coronavirus testing program, a state effort to revive the tourist economy in the midst of the pandemic. State officials said in an email to The Associated Press on Friday that 66,644 people were screened between the Oct. 15 launch and Thursday. Of those visitors – including returning residents, tourists and others – 41,783 have tested negative for the coronavirus and have been allowed to skip the previously required two weeks of quarantine. Some people have come to Hawaii with the wrong type of test. The state only accepts negative nucleic acid amplification tests. Other travelers on the same flights have chosen to come to Hawaii without being tested at all. More than 7,500 people on the first week’s flights have been quarantined. In Oahu, the state’s most populous island and home to Waikiki Beach, police have issued approximately 8,400 warnings and 885 citations for people not wearing masks or other coronavirus-related violations since October 15, first day of the test program. People who can produce a negative test result within 72 hours of their flight to Hawaii can bypass the quarantine. Test results from one of the state’s “trusted partners” – a group of clinics, pharmacies and airlines – must be uploaded to a government website upon arrival. ___ Associated Press editor Jennifer Sinco Kelleher contributed to this report.



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