Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-06-19 20:27:46 –
Honolulu (KHON2) — Hawaii County has set up a free COVID-19 community test program to address the clusters reported at the Hawaii Community Correction Center (HCCC) in Hilo.
Testing will begin on Wednesday, June 16th at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium, and authorities have stated that updates will be provided if the location of the test site changes.
The program will continue on Saturday, June 19th, Wednesday, June 23rd, and Saturday, June 26th.
“At this point, we believe that setting up a test program is the best way to collect data to keep the community protected. We are slowly starting to return to normal and the finish line. Avoiding trips is our number one priority, and keeps the community healthy, happy, and safe as new variants begin to recover towards the thriving island of Hawaii as they become more prevalent in the community. I want to remind the public that getting vaccinated for this is really our Creana. “
Hawaii County Mayor Mitch Ross
County officials say the decision to start a free community COVID-19 test is based on the following reasons:
- The number of positives among HCCC staff and the ongoing potential for community expansion.
- Overall increase in visitor arrivals.
- Lifting of inter-island flight restrictions on June 15.
- Social gatherings are increasing due to summer activities such as graduation ceremonies.
The Department of Public Security stated that as of Friday, June 18, there were 103 cases of active COVID-19 inmates and 4 cases of active COVID-19 staff at the HCCC.
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