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Mayor Derek Kawakami announced today that the County of Kaua‘i, in partnership with the Kaua‘i District Health Office, is now providing free COVID-19 testing weekdays in Līhuʻe for anyone without symptoms, according to a county news release.

Testing is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall. No appointments are necessary, and results are provided on the same day. Testing is closed on weekends.

“Free same-day testing is now available on Kaua‘i,” Kawakamisaid  said. “This provides peace of mind for our community members. If you are planning to visit an elderly family member, you can get tested in the morning and get results that afternoon. Tourism industry workers or others exposed to travelers are also encouraged to get tested. This opportunity is open to everyone – no specific reason or doctor’s order is needed.

“While these tests cannot be used for the state’s Safe Travels program for travel to Maui or Hawai‘i Island, they can be used by Kaua‘i Resort Bubble guests as the post-travel test needed to be released from the bubble. This will make it more affordable for returning residents and visitors to participate in the Resort Bubble program.”

If you are sick with symptoms of COVID-19, do not come to the testing center. Please call your primary care provider for an evaluation. Inform the medical center ahead of your arrival so they can take appropriate precautions. If you do not have a doctor, call the Wilcox Virtual Clinic at (808) 462-5430, option 3.

These tests cannot be used for Safe Travels interisland travel quarantine exemptions. If you are traveling to Maui County or Hawai‘i County, you must get a pre-travel test from a State of Hawai‘i Trusted Testing Partner lab to be eligible for a state-approved quarantine exemption.

Residents and visitors staying in a “Resort Bubble” hotel with an approved Enhanced Movement Quarantine can use this test as their post-travel test.  Travelers from out of state now have the option of a shortened three-day quarantine by participating in the resort bubble post-travel testing program. For more information on the resort bubble program, visit www.kauai.gov/COVID-19 and click on the “Enhanced Movement Quarantine” button. Travelers currently in a resort bubble should refer to their resort property for more information and transportation options.

For general information on COVID-19 on Kaua‘i, visit www.kauai.gov/COVID-19.